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Court dissolves 8-yr-old marriage over intolerance, maltreatment allegations

The Oja-Oba, Ibadan, Customary Court yesterday dissolved the marriage between a Muslim, Ayofe Olatunji, and his Christian wife, Tosin, over religious differences and sundry allegations from both parties.
Olatunji hinged his wish to end the marriage on an allegation that Tosin didn’t tell him before their marriage that she had a baby. But the defendant responded that the crisis in the matrimony was mainly due to her non-compliance with her husband’s insistence she must practise Islam.
The plaintiff also said his wife refused to move in with him into his new building on the excuse she had had a vision warning her to that effect. And when he rented an apartment for her following her excuse, he added, she fled the place.
Olatunji further told the court that she nicknamed him ‘Boko Haram’ for scolding her whenever she quarrelled with his second wife.
Tosin responded she didn’t have any husband before she met Olatunji but had a baby when she was in school.
“I never planned to marry a married man like him but when he impregnated me and I didn’t wish to terminate the pregnancy, I accepted my fate. I don’t see him as my husband because he never paid my bride price. He didn’t buy me working tools when I graduated as an apprentice.
“Whenever I went to church, he usually frowned at me and insisted I should start worshipping in the mosque. But he wasn’t really practising Islam when I met him. I encouraged him to do so. He suddenly became a wicked man and began treating me as a slave. I am no more interested in the marriage,” she said.
The president of the court, Chief Odunade Ademola, dissolved the marriage and granted custody of the two children in the marriage to the plaintiff.


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