A Lagos Island Customary Court on Wednesday dissolved the 17-year-old marriage between a transporter, Haruna Amunikoro, and his wife, Alimotu, after he complained that his wife built a house without informing him.
Granting the husband’s request, the court president, Mr. Awos Awosola, said the court’s efforts to reconcile the parties had failed, as Amunikoro insisted on divorce.
“The marriage between the two parties is hereby dissolved with effect from today in accordance with the Lagos State Customary Court Law, 2011, Order 3, Rule 7, as amended.
“The custody of the first child and only son, Anus, 15, is awarded to the father while that of the two girls, Simiyat, 10; and Aishat, 7, remains with the wife.
“The petitioner should pay the children’s feeding allowances of N10,000 on a monthly basis through this honourable court and should also be responsible for the children school and hospital bills.
“However, both parties are granted unhindered access to the child/children at any reasonable time of the day,’’ the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the judge as saying in his verdict.
Awosola also ordered the petitioner to give the respondent N250,000 compensation within seven days of the judgment with which to start her new life.
Amunikoro, 42, who resides at No. 91/93 Odunfa Street, Lagos Island, in his petition, told the court that his wife, a trader, bought a plot of land in Ikorodu and built a bungalow on it without letting him know.
“My wife has also started giving out tricycle and motorcycle to riders and they pay for them on instalment, which is the same business that I do.
“I have warned her severally to stop the business but she would not listen. On two occasions she has stabbed me with a kitchen knife and a scissors.
“My wife is not sincere with me. She hides so many things about herself from me. I cannot cope with her secretive ways any more, please separate us,’’ he pleaded with the court.