Torture: Ibadan Court Dissolves 3-year Old Marriage

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An Oyo State High Court in Ibadan on Monday dissolved the three-year-old marriage between one Foluso Yusuf and her husband, Adedeji, over persistent tortue and irreconciliable differences.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Foluso, a mother of two, had approached the court to dissolve the union contracted in 2006.

The petitioner’s counsel, Mr Idris Kareem, had informed the court that the respondent constantly beat his wife to the extent that she once went into coma and sustained a fracture on her hand.

Kazeem said that Yusuf had beaten Foluso in April 2009 and sent her and the two children out of the house.

“The violence was consistent to the extent that the petitioner went into coma and sustained a fracture on her hand.

“The petitioner and respondent have been living apart since 2009, with the petitioner being the only one taking care of the two children.

“I urge the court to grant custody of the children to the petitioner and order him to pay N100,000 monthly for the children’s upkeep.

The respondent’s counsel, Mr Olatunde Erinoso, on his part, told the court that his client was not against the union’s dissolution.

Erinoso, who said his client was in support of the union’s dissolution, alleged the petitioner engaged in adultery.

He urged the court not to grant custody of the children to the petitioner.

Delivering judgment on Monday, Justice Iyabo Yerima said the marriage had broken down irretrievably over irreconciliable differences.

Yerima said the union had broken down under the Matrimonial  Act 1990 after the parties had lived apart consistently for three years.

The judge said that the parties had been living apart between 2009 and 2016.

“I hereby dissolve the marriage between Foluso and Yusuf and grant the custody of the children to the petitioner.

“The two children are  still young and are between the age of 11 and 13 years and will be in better care in the petitioner’s custody,” Yerima said.

The judge ordered the respondent to pay N50,000 monthly for the upkeep of the children in addition to being responsible for their education and medical bills whenever the need arose.


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