• News - South West - Oyo
  • Updated: January 17, 2023

Ibadan Court Dissolves Marriage Over Wife's Infidelity

Dayo Akingbade, an Ibadan-based commercial motorcyclist has told a Mapo Grade A Customary Court to dissolve his marriage to his wife.

Akingbade had based his request on alleged grounds of adultery of his wife Dapo.

Countering his wife’s allegation of being irresponsible, Akingbade claimed that Dapo cannot control her desire for adultery.

”My lord, the real reason Dapo left my home is because of her adulterous lifestyle.

“After a series of complaints about the fact that she was bringing different men to my house, Dapo’s mother assisted her to move her things out of my apartment.

“My total daily income is N3,000 as an Okada rider, so I might not be able to afford N30,000 monthly feeding allowance for the children.

“Besides, I have remarried since she left my home over a year ago," Akingbade said.

Dapo, a fashion designer had earlier told the court that she filed the suit because she was no longer willing to continue living as his wife.

”He never paid any bride price for my hand in marriage."

Delivering judgment, the court’s President, S.M. Akintayo held that there was no marriage to be dissolved between the petitioner and the respondent because of the absence of legal requirements of a customary marriage.

Akintayo said for any marriage to be recognised as a customary marriage under Nigerian law, there must be payment of bride price, capacity to marry, presentation of gifts and formal handover of the bride.

She added that none of the above listed was present in the union between Dapo and Akingbade based on the evidence tendered by them during testimony.

Akintayo also awarded custody of the three children produced by the duo to Dapo and directed Akingbade to pay N30,000 as the children’s monthly feeding allowance.

She directed that the allowance must be paid to the court’s Registrar on or before the end of every month, beginning from January 2023.

The President of the court granted the order restraining Akingbade from threatening, harassing, molesting and interfering with the private life of Dapo henceforth.

She also directed both of them to be jointly responsible for the education and other welfare of the children.

Akintayo further ordered the petitioner never to hinder the respondent from having access to the children and advised them to maintain peace and order.

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