by Chinwe Okafor
Colins Nduka is a man of his words and right and so when he pleaded with an Ojo Customary Court in Lagos State to order his wife, Sefinat Nduka, to refund N1.4 million he spent in marrying her, he wasnt exactly kidding.
The very serious Collins told the court that his wife, whom he married three years ago, had decided to abandon her matrimonial home for more than a year. He just doesn’t believe that she can be away that long if she isn’t having an extra-marital affair.
“I would want a refund of the amount that I spent as marriage and dowry expenses because she has become unfaithful. My wife is not faithful to the marriage because she has other relationships apart from me and I no more love her. After all, she has not given birth to any child for me. The most painful thing is that she has parked all my belongings in my house to an unknown place in addition to her emptying my shop which I stocked with over N750,000,” he said.
According to him, the three-year-old marriage is being threatened and every bit of her action portrays her as someone no longer interested in the union.
“I invited my friends from outside the country to make the marriage an expensive one and after it, she wants to leave me for another man, I need my dowry so she can be free,” Nduka said.
At a point, it became a he said- she said affair when he told the court that Sefinat carted away with his properties and he would like them back and she said she has no idea what he was talking about.
Sefinat on the other hand didnt show any remorse when served the letter of divorce, instead she willingly obliged.
But, the President, Chief Joseph Ogunmola, while advising the husband on the dangers of divorce, instructed that the respondent be invited to the court, “The court does not dissolve any marriage except in extreme cases, we need the consent of both parties before judgment so she must be invited,” he said.
We will know who wins come May 19.