18 February 2013

Nigeria: Ex-Husband to Accept Responsibility of Pregnancy, One Year After Divorce

A 23-year-old woman, Hadiza Aliyu, on Monday asked an Abuja Area Court to compel her ex-husband to accept responsibility for her pregnancy, one year after he divorced her.

Aliyu, who resides at Ido-Sarki Village, Lugbe, Abuja, also accused her ex-husband, Ibrahim Leleyi of Leleyi Village, Lugbe, Abuja, of neglect and lack of care for their 3-year-old son since their divorce.

She told the court that she had been married to her husband for five years until February 2012 when he just woke up one day and asked her to leave his house.

The plaintiff told the court that she was shocked, and decided to report the issue to the village head, who invited her ex-husband for a meeting to resolve the issue, to no avail.

She said she had no option than to leave for her parents' house, adding that her parents invited her ex-husband for a meeting with a view to resolving the matter.

Aliyu said following her parents' intervention, her ex-husband reluctantly took her back, only to send her packing again 15 days later.

The plaintiff said she returned to her parents' house again with her only son, saying that Leleyi had again failed to take responsibility for her son's upkeep.

Aliyu, however, said she went to her ex-husband's house three months after to console him when he lost a relation as tradition demands and stayed there for three weeks only for her to discover that she had taken in for him.

In his defence, Leleyi said that he divorced his former wife since February, 2012 and never had any matrimonial relationship with her to date.

"In February, 2012, we had a problem and she left my house for her parents' house; the problem was resolved later and she came back to my house, only to depart again 15 days later.

"A few months after, she sent me a message that my 3-year-old son who lives with her took ill and I sent her some money to take him to the hospital.

"While in the hospital, she said she did a pregnancy test on a doctor's advice and it turned out positive and she told me that I was responsible, but I disclaimed the pregnancy," Leleyi said.

The Judge, Haruna Masanawa, after hearing both sides, adjourned the case to March 4, for judgment.

"This matter is hereby adjourned to March 4 for judgment," Masanawa said.

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