31 January 2013

Nigeria: Court Dissolves Marriage for Lack of Husband's Care

A Garki Customary Court in Abuja on Tuesday dissolved the marriage between one Christopher Idakhaba and his wife, Rebecca because of the husband's lack of care.

The court took the decision based on the complaints that the man has failed to care for his wife and the only child of the marriage.

Rebecca, a 36-year-old public servant, had earlier pleaded with the court to dissolve the marriage because her husband, did not care for her and the only child of the marriage.

"My husband has abandoned me and our only son for over two years now," she told the court.

"Even when we were still living together in the barracks, he never cared about me, let alone caring for our only child.

"In fact, since the birth of my son, he has not been taking responsibility of him," she said.

She added that her husband had also neglected the welfare of the entire household.

Rebecca also informed the court that her husband had a child out of wedlock, a development, she said became the greatest problem in their marriage.

"My husband prefers to be around the child he had out of wedlock instead of his legitimate son, and that is always causing quarrels between us.

"Most times when we quarrel, it usually revolves around the boy. Instead of him to take the boy elsewhere, he prefers to stick around him, abandoning his marriage."

She also said that since she was transferred to Jos, she had never set eyes on her husband.

"My husband moved out of where we lived before and had not bothered to let me have his new address or even come to Jos to see me and our son," the woman added.

The plaintiff urged the court to give an order mandating Christopher to provide an upkeep allowance for the child of the marriage and for her to have the custody of the child.

She said her plea was based on the fact that the child could be more use to her than his father.

Christopher in his response said that he did not want the marriage dissolved.

"She is still my wife; I have the intention of having her back.

"But if she says she wants to leave me, well then, the court can divorce us, but I will never let her have my child," he said.

The Presiding Judge, Mr Suleiman Ismaila, granted the divorce and adjourned the case to February 26, to decide on who takes custody of the child. (NAN)

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