Court dissolves 27-yr-old marriage over desertion

courtAn Ile-Ife Customary Court in Osun on Monday dissolved a 27-year-old marriage between one Aminat Adefioye and her husband, Gideon, over desertion and lack of care.

Aminat filed for divorce on Sept.  8, accusing her husband of   desertion, lack of care and threat to her life .

She told the court they were married in 1987 and the union was blessed with four children aged 24, 21, 19 and 17.

The complainant told the court that her husband was not interested in the upkeep of the family, adding that she endured the union because of the children.

“Even when we stayed together, I was responsible for the welfare of the children, including their education, feeding and medical care.

“I packed out of his house since the past three years and we didn’t miss him, neither did he look for us.

“Please sir, separate us so that I will have freedom for myself. I too may re-marry, ” she said.

The court President, Mr Ganiyu Awoyera, noted that the defendant had refused to show up in court in spite of three adjournments and notices of hearing.

He consequently dissolved the union, but declined  to order  refund of dowry.

The judge also restrained the defendant from disturbing the plaintiff, saying any such report would lead to his arrest.