Friday, 6 April 2018

My husband is mentally ill, I’ve never enjoyed my marriage, woman tells court

An Idi - Ogungun Customary Court , Agodi , Ibadan , on Friday, dissolved a five- year- marriage between Victoria Akinyemi and her mentally ill husband , Dare Akinyemi .

Victoria approached the court for the dissolution of the marriage , alleging that she could no longer cope with the state of her husband ’ s mental illness.

The petitioner told the court that living together as husband and wife had reached a dangerous point due the unstable state of mind of the respondent .

“ My lord , I never enjoyed my marriage of five years as a result of his stinginess and strange behaviours .

“ In fact , I fend for him , pay the house rent and shoulder our family responsibility .

“ I was not aware of his mental illness until recently when he became violent .
“ Now , he stays with his parents and family members but always comes to my shop to demand money from me .

“ I have tried my best to stop him from embarrassing me and our only child , but he would not change .

“ I want the court to dissolve the marriage so that I can be free of any further embarrassment from him , ’’ she said .
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dare was not in court during the hearing to defend himself , the court , however , ruled on the case in his absence .

In his judgment , Chief Mukaila Balogun , the court president , said that there was no need for adjournment and there was also no reason to delay taking a decision on the case .

“ Since the respondent was duly served a court summon on three occasions and failed to appear in court , the marriage is hereby dissolved and custody of the only child of the union is given to the petitioner , ’’ Balogun ruled .

Source: Punchng

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