Court Dissolves 30-Year Marriage Over Lack Of Care, Drunkenness

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A customary  court
sitting at Agboyi/Ketu suburb area of Lagos State, yesterday, dissolved a
30-year-old marriage of a trader, Titi Sulaiman, 45, to Mr. Jimoh Sulaiman, 60,
a carpenter, over drunkenness and lack of care.
The court president, O. T. Williams, dissolved the marriage,
stating that all efforts to make the two parties reconcile proved abortive as
there was no more love in the marriage. 
Titi had told the court during her testimony that her estranged husband
married her when she was 15 years old in a native law and custom ceremony at
Tokuwa Street, Ogaminana, Kogi State in 1985.
She said that ever since, she had been the one catering for
the family, with the help of her own family members.

She alleged that her husband always came back home drunk,
inflicting all manner of injury on her daily.
Titi said she was seeking divorce due to lack of care from
her husband towards her and the children, stressing that his drunkenness was a
threat to her life.
She said: “Apart from lack of care, my husband verbally
abuses me in public and beats me. It takes the intervention of neighbours to
save me. I have been enduring him for the past 30 years; I cannot take it
anymore.”
After dissolving the marriage, the court President told the
respondent to be responsible for the upkeep and school fees of the two younger
children living with their mother and deposit 10 percent( N6,000) of his
earnings to the children.
He warned the respondent never to lay a finger on his
estranged wife or threaten her life, adding that since the children had decided
who to live with, it should remain that way.
He said both parties were free to visit the children,
accompanied by another member of the family.
She said the marriage was blessed with five children.


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