by Temitope Onitiju
An Ikorodu Customary Court in Lagos has dissolved a 10-year-old marriage, after the husband told the court that his wife usually steals his money.
The plaintiff, Olawale Akanji, had filed an application seeking to divorce his wife, Afusat, over her stealing habit, disobedience and adultery.
In the application filed at the court in October 2014, Akanji said he wanted the divorce because he could no longer tolerate his wife, while also alleging that the pregnancy she was carrying did not belong to him.
However, the wife denied all the allegations levelled against by her husband.
“I don’t steal my husband’s money, even though he is very tight fisted. He gives us N300 feeding allowance daily and I will be the one to feed his old-aged mother and father that lived with us.”
“I usually fetch water for sale, that’s where I get money to feed the family. He was always thinking that I am stealing his money or I have been engaging in extra- marital affairs, please help me save my marriage.”
In her judgment, the President of the Court, Olu Adebiyi, said he was convinced that the couple could no longer live together as the petitioner insisted on divorce after several interventions.
Adebiyi ordered the parties to go their separate ways, while also ruling that the Akanji should enroll the defendant in ante-natal clinic. He said: “The paternity of the pregnancy cannot be established now until a DNA test proves its ownership after delivery.”
He further directed that Akanji should pay accommodation fees to the woman and also be responsible for the schooling, feeding and medical allowances of their two children.