An Ado-Ekiti Customary Court in Ekiti State recently adjourned judgment on a divorce case filed by a mechanic, Olayiwola Olarewaju, against his wife, Yetunde Olarewaju.
The court president, Mrs Olayinka Akomolede, adjourned the case after she had listened to both parties.
Olayiwola, 39, had asked the court to dissolve his 7-year-old marriage to Yetunde over allegation of adultery and assault.
The petitioner told the court that his wife was adulterous and troublesome.
He said although no marital rites were done to consummate their union, but that it was blessed with three children.
The petitioner told the court that he had in 2013, sued her, because she aborted a pregnancy she had for another man while they lived together.
He said the intervention of family members compelled him to eventually withdraw the matter from court.
He said on December 25, 2017, the respondent left the house with their two children in the pretext of going to collect money from one of her debtors in Oke-Ila Street.
According to the petitioner, the respondent returned home the following day.
“She claimed she and our two children slept in her uncle’s house at Oke-ila Street,” he said.
Olayiwola, however, said he and his elder sister often monitored his wife and discovered she was always going to a particular man’s house.
He said it was discovered that the respondent had often visited the man.
The petitioner further said apart from being adulterous, the respondent was a trouble maker.
Olayiwola prayed the court to dissolve the union, adding that the court should grant him custody of his three children to enable him take good care of them.
Testifying in the matter as witness, Mrs Olayinka Adeoye, re-echoed the allegations of the petitioner that the respondent was adulterous.
According to her, she and the petitioner have caught the respondent in several compromising sexual acts with a man other than the petitioner.
The respondent, Yetunde, 33, denied all the allegations leveled against her.
She told the court that on December 25, 2017, her debtor actually delayed her and in the process the battery of her phone went flat.
According to her, the incident unfortunately compelled her to sleep in her uncle’s house.
Yetunde said she could not get a motorcycle or taxi to bring her home around 10:00 p.m.
She prayed the court to award the custody of her three children to her, if the petitioner insisted that the court should dissolve their union.
The respondent further requested that the court ordered the petitioner to pay her N15, 000 as monthly feeding allowance for their three children.
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