There was confusion at the Oja-Oba, Ibadan, customary court yesterday as an Arabic teacher, Malam Bashiru Yekini engaged in a spat with another man, Mr Oluwasegun Olalekan, over who actually is the husband of a woman, Mariam.
Malam Yekini had filed a suit seeking the dissolution of his marriage to Mariam and custody of the only child in the marriage.
Yekini stated in the suit that he paid the bride price on Mariam to her family in 2014 and she has had for him a baby named Abdulganiyu Yekini.
But the respondent said Malam Yekini was merely her father’s spiritual father and not her husband, and that she didn’t have any baby for him as he claimed.
She declared it was to Mr Olalekan that she was legally married to.
Olalekan buttressed that claim, saying he was the man Mariam’s parents recognised as her husband and she already had two children for him. He gave the name of his first child as Victoria and the second as Olamide.
The president of the court, Chief Odunade Ademola, adjourned the case till October, 2018 for further hearing.
He ordered the plaintiff, as well as the first and second defendants to invite their parents and the children to court on the next adjournment for more clarification.