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Nigeria: Lagos Court Dissolves 11-Year-Old Marriage for Battery, Threat to Life

An Agege Customary Court in Lagos on Tuesday dissolved an 11-year-old marriage between one Olatunji Abiodun and Oluwatosin Abiodun for battery and threat to life.

The President of the Court, Emmanuel Sokunle, while delivering judgement, said the marriage had broken down beyond repairs.

"Starting from today, you cease to be addressed as husband and wife. You shall go your separate ways and maintain the peace where ever you meet," Mr. Sokunle declared.

The court in the interim, granted the custody of the only child of the marriage to the mother and ordered the father to be paying N10,000 monthly through the court for the upkeep of the child.

"The custody of the child remains with her mother, pending the decision of the Family Court, Ikeja. The father will also be responsible for the educational and medical bills of the child," he said.

The petitioner had on October 2, 2012, filed the suit, urging the court to dissolve the marriage.

Oluwatosin, a trader, who lives at 5, Bemil St., Ojodu, told the court that her husband treated her like a slave and made the house unbearable for her.

"After our wedding, I stayed for five years without an issue and all through the period, life was tough for me because my husband flogged me at every slight opportunity.

"I lived in hell on earth; in fear, pain and anguish but I kept all these to myself because I did not want my home to be broken.

"The worst part of it was that my husband was dating the wife of one of our neighbours and even brought her to my matrimonial home and I caught them," she said.

The petitioner, who had a six-year-old daughter, said her husband eventually married the woman.

"My husband is now married and the other woman is right inside his house.

"While I was with him, he used to beat me; he pampered me when I gave birth only to resume the beating later," she said

Oluwatosin said that even when she developed high blood pressure as a result of the situation, her husband failed to show any concern.

She told the court that she was tired of the marriage, adding, "I want the court to dissolve the union and grant me custody of my child," she said.

Her husband, Abiodun, 42, an engineer, did not appear in court throughout the period of the proceedings. NAN

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