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JUSTICE! Court dissolves four-year-old marriage over wife battering in Agege, Lagos

An Orile-Agege Customary Court in Lagos on Tuesday dissolved the four-year-old marriage between one Modupeola Alabi and her husband, Taye, over constant battery, threat to life and lack of care. President of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, said since the marriage had broken down irretrievably the court had no option than to dissolve it.

“The court discovered that theirs had been a union of incompatible couple who managed to be together for four miserable years.

“Taye’s persistent absence from the court after his first appearance is indicative of his height of irresponsibility and his declined love for the petitioner, Modupeola.

“So starting from today, you cease to be addressed as husband and wife; you shall go your separate ways and maintain the peace,” he ruled.

Omilola granted the mother the custody of their three-year-old, the only child of the marriage.

He further stated: “But any contention over the custody of the child should be referred to Ikeja Family Court; the man should be paying N7,000 monthly for the child’s upkeep. “The man should also pay N20,000 as compensation to the woman and should provide a decent accommodation for her.”

The petitioner had on November 20, 2014 approached the court to dissolve her marriage, citing battery, threat to life and lack of care.

Modupeola, 26, a fashion designer, who lives at 7, Akintunde St., Orile-Agege, a suburb of Lagos, told the court that she had never enjoyed her marriage. She said: “I managed to be in the union for four years but when my life was threatened, I ran for my dear life.

“He beats me at the slightest provocation, he does not provide for me and the child; I provide everything in the house, including fuelling the generator.

“Yet, I have not received positive encouragement from him, I tried so hard to cope but the more I try to make things right, the more he creates obstacles.”

Credit: Daily Independent

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