Ekiti Court dissolves 7 years marriage over abandonment

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An Ado-Ekiti Customary Court on Thursday dissolved the 7-year-old marriage between Kemi and Femi Williams over abandonment.

Kemi had given her evidence on Oct. 29, 2019, while her husband was absent throughout the court proceedings.

The marriage was dissolved on grounds of desertion for three years from her husband, constant beating, regularly chasing her out of their home, as well as lack of care for their only child.

Kemi, 32, a resident of No. 21, Oke-Ila Street in Ado-Ekiti, told the court that she stopped living with her husband since 2017, when he moved out of their home on the advice of his mother.

She said that her mother-in-law came thereafter to pack his belongings from the house.

The mother of one said that barely two months after the respondent’s mother removed his things from the house; Williams brought the police to arrest her, claiming she stole the same properties removed by his mother.

She explained that the police were surprised because he did not tell them that she was his wife.

She added that nevertheless, they took away some of her things such as bed, gas and television on the orders of her husband.

The petitioner said since 2017, her properties were still in police custody.

She pleaded with the court to separate them as his parents had declared that they were not in support of the marriage to their son.

The petitioner prayed the court to order the respondent to take up his four years old son (Daniel)’s responsibility.

She also prayed the court to grant her an order to retrieve her properties from the police.

Since the respondent had repeatedly shunned court proceedings, the court therefore ruled that he had admitted the allegations leveled against him.

The President of the Court, Mrs Olayinka Akomolede, also observed that the marriage had broken down irretrievably, and consequently dissolved the marriage.

Akomolede ruled that the custody of the child be awarded to the petitioner, while the respondent paid N5, 000 as monthly feeding allowance of the child.

She, however, ordered that the estranged couple both took responsibility of their child’s education.

The court’s president added that the respondent would have access to his child without fomenting trouble. Akomolede also granted the prayer of the petitioner for an order from the to collect her properties from the police.

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