A middle-aged man, AbdulJelili Yekini, has taken his wife, Kemi, before a Grade ‘C’ customary court sitting at Mapo in Ibadan South-East Local Government Area of Oyo State, over religion differences and alleged troublesome attitude.
The plaintiff, who lives at Olunde area, a suburb of Ibadan, said his wife was a christian, while he was a muslim, adding that the differences in faith had caused the family a lot of trouble.
Abduljelili told the court that he was married to Kemi about eight years ago and the marriage was blessed with three children — Aishat (seven), Alade (five) and Nafisat (two).
According to him, “she always fights with me anytime the issue of religion comes up during our discussions and I don’t want her to mislead my children because I want my children to follow my way of serving God.
“Sometime ago, she borrowed money from me to purchase a piece of land. However, she neither returned the money nor purchased the land.
“She is also a troublemaker, she fought me to the extent that the chairman of our community landlords association threatened to seal off my house if there was any fight between us again.
“My Lord, I am tired of her curses and embarrassment,” please, separate us.”
While responding, Kemi, a chemist, denied all the claims levelled against her by the plaintiff. She said: “My husband is not a reponsible man, he does not pay the school fees of the children regularly. He is also the one that beats me first before I retaliate.”
“My Lord, he wants divorce because I denied him sex on many occasions due to his uncaring attitude. Moreover, he did not lend me money to buy land, he is a liar.”
In his ruling, the presiding judge of the court, Chief Odunade Ademola said: “Having observed that there is no more love between the couple, the court hereby dissolves the eight-year-old marriage.”
The court awarded the custody of the three children to the defendant because of their ages. The court added that the plaintiff should be paying the defendant N5,000 monthly as feeding allowance for the children until they are grown up.
The defendant was also ordered to train the children in Islamic way because the father of the children has all the power to determine the suitable religion for his children.