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  Ekiti Court dissolves 16-year-old marriage for lack of care



Ekiti Court dissolves 16-year-old marriage for lack of care

An Ado-Ekiti Customary Court on Tuesday dissolved ‎16-year-old marriage between Bosede Olowookere and her husband, Sola Olowookere.

Bosede sought the dissolution of the marriage for lack of care for her and the child as well as lack of respect for the in-laws.

She told the court that the respondent had failed to take good care of her and her daughter’s welfare and education.

Bosede, 34, a worker in a private school, said that ‎the respondent had also failed to carry his fatherly responsibilities to his daughter.

She appealed to the court to dissolve her marriage to enable her gain her freedom from her troublesome husband.

The mother of one prayed the court to award the custody of the child to her because “the respondent does not have the time to take care of the child”.

She prayed the court to compel the respondent to be paying N10, 000 as monthly feeding allowance for the child.

Bosede agreed to joint payment of the child’s school fees with the respondent.

The petitioner told the court that the respondent was free to visit his daughter whenever he wanted to do so.

The respondent, Olowookere, 44, a commercial driver, said all the allegations leveled against him by the petitioner were true.

He told the court that he ‎deliberately decided not to take care of the petitioner because of her bad attitude.

Olowokere said he did not want to have anything to do with the petitioner again because she had remarried another man.

The father of one child told the court that he ‎ would be taking care of his child’s welfare and education at all levels.

The respondent told the court that he would be giving the child feeding allowance and food stuffs every weekend.

‎He prayed the court to dissolve their marriage to enable him have rest of mind.

The Court President, Mr Joseph Ogunsemi, observed that the marriage had broken down irretrievably and consequently dissolved the marriage.

He ruled that the custody of the only child of the couple be awarded to the petitioner for proper care.

Ogunsemi ordered the petitioner to be giving the child N1, 000 and foodstuffs on every Saturday.

He also ruled that the respondent would be responsible for the education of his child at all levels.

The court president said that the respondents should have an unrestricted access to the child.

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