15 February 2013

Nigeria: Husband Responds to Wife's Divorce Request Through SMS

An estranged housewife, Aisha Bello, on Friday told a Kubwa Upper Area court in Abuja that her husband responded to her divorce request through a Short Message Service, SMS.

Ms. Bello had filed a suit for the dissolution of her marriage to her husband, Yusuf Jaho, on January 28.

She told the court on Friday that her husband responded to its summons by sending a text message to her.

Ms. Bello told the court that her husband's message informed that he too was no longer interested in the marriage.

"In the text message he sent on February 13, he wrote that he had irrevocably divorced me and that I am relieved of all responsibilities of marriage to him," she said.

Ms. Bello had said in her petition that the marriage, contracted on December 17, 2011, had been bedeviled with unending misunderstandings.

"I have not known peace in this marriage since inception, and the union lacks trust and understanding.

"We have differences that are irreconcilable and so I pray this court to dissolve the union," she pleaded.

She also told the court that the marriage had not been blessed with children.

The Presiding Judge, Munir Lawal, said that the text message could not be admitted in evidence.

"The new Evidence Act allows for electronic evidence, but it is difficult to admit a message in a party's phone in evidence.

"I, therefore, issue hearing notice to the respondent so that he can personally affirm the content of the text message," Mr. Munir said.

He adjourned hearing in the case to March 5.


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