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Woman prays court to dissolve marriage over alleged battery, negligence

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A 36-year-old Trader, Lucy Unuane, has asked an Ikeja Customary Court in Lagos to dissolve her marriage with her husband, Patrick due to alleged negligence in the home front.

The petitioner, a mother of three, resides in the Ketu area of Lagos.

She is seeking the dissolution of her eight-year-old marriage, on grounds of alleged negligence, battery and other irreconcilable differences.

Lucy told the court that she had to move out after her husband beat her leaving her with a black eye.

The petitioner told the court that her husband beat her due to a simple misunderstanding.

“He came home that day and claimed I did not put the children’s bed in order, I do not know the offence in that; he beat me leaving me with a damaged eye.

“In fact, he has an ongoing criminal case of battery before a Lagos Magistrates’ Court, when I reported him and he was remanded for seven days.

“Also before then, he was never doing his duty, he did not take charge of things, he put the children in public schools and even at that, he was not constant with their fees.

“l deal in clothes so I always provided that for them, he did not seem bothered to drop any penny, he felt comfortable leaving the responsibilities to me.

The claimant, Patrick, a technician, claimed he had always taken responsibilities of the home front.

“We had our first children a set of twins on Dec. 28, 2011, and they came via Caesarian operation; I know the amount I had to pay at Gbagada general hospital.

“Our last child, who is two years, came via CS too and I paid heavily for the hospital bills.

“As against her claims, I am a responsible man, the children attended a private school before I couldn’t keep up with their fees again and I took them to a public school.

“It was supposed to be for a little while till I come out of the financial crisis, but she could not wait for that.

“Whenever we have a private discussion as a couple, before l knew it, I will hear it in the mouths of her family, I warned her severally to stop involving third parties in our matter but she would not listen.

“The day she said I beat her, I did not, the picture she is brandishing is doctored.

“I told her to arrange and put the bed in shape and she replied by telling me that if I am not crippled, I should also put it in order, I saw that as an insult.

“But I did not touch her, I only yanked her hand off when she held my trousers and was provoking me with her words.

“After some days when I got home, I discovered she had packed her load, I did not throw her out, she left on her own accord,’’ he said.

The respondent said he was okay with the decision of the petitioner for dissolution, since he had pleaded for a truce but she refused.

But the claimant prayed the court to grant him custody of the children instead the children had always been close to him than their mother.

The Court President, T.I Olowoy, however, told the couple to remain at peace and urged the petitioner to allow their father have access to his children.

He said they should agree to a place and time for visits to avoid future clash.

He adjourned the suit until Oct. 10 for adoption of address and judgment later the same day.

Edited by Maureen Atuonwu

 

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Court remands security guard for defiling 13-year-old girl

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An Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan on Friday, ordered that a security guard, Tirimisiyu Oladeji, 60, who allegedly defiled a 13-year-old girl, be remanded in prison custody, pending legal advice.

Chief Magistrate O.O. Ogunkammi, did not take plea of Oladeji,who resides in Oke – Sapati area of Ibadan.

Ogunkammi remanded Oladeji in Agodi prison pending the outcome of legal advice from the office of the Oyo State Department of Public Prosecution.

The magistrate adjourned the matter until Sept.27, for mention.

The Prosecution Counsel, Insp.  Sikiru Opaleye, told the court that Oladeji in June, at Jericho area of Ibadan, defiled the minor.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 357 and is punishable under Section 358 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol.II, Laws of Oyo State 2000.

Defence Counsel, Mrs Modupe Odunmomi appeared for the defendant.

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Contractor in court for allegedly blocking debtor’s gate with family

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By Glory Abuh-Adejoh

Abuja, Aug. 23, 2019 A contractor, Austine Ojo, who allegedly blocked his debtor’s gate, stopping workers from going in, on Friday appeared in a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Wuse Zone 6.

The police charged Ojo, who resides at No 57, Flat A, Suncity Estate, Abuja, with three counts of  disturbance of public peace, inciting disturbance and constituting public nuisance.

The Prosecution counsel, Chijoke Ogezie, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Aug. 6.

He said that the complainant, Mr Christopher Obijiofor, in a petition to the AIG Zone 7 Headquarters, Abuja reported the matter for investigation.

According to Ogezie, the defendant at about  6.48 a.m.,spread his blanket and laid down at the entrance of Good Homes Ltd., with his wife and children.

He said the action of the defendant prevented workers from gaining access to their offices.

The counsel further alleged the defendant refused to leave the entrance, insisting that the management of the company must pay him.

The offence, he said, contravened  the provisions of sections 113,114 and 178 of Penal Code.

The defendant however, pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate Linda Chidama admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000 and a surety in like sum.

She adjourned the matter until Sept. 16 for hearing.

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My husband is an unrepentant smoker, woman tells court

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An Ibadan-based military personnel, Folasade Adedeji, on Friday petitioned a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, to dissolve her marriage to Taiwo, her husband, due to his unrepentant smoking and drinking habits.

She told the court that their union was two and a half year-old.

Testifying before Chief Ademola Odunade, the court’s President, Folasade, said that she was determined to call it quits with her husband because she does not want their child to have a bad beginning of drug abuse like his father.

She added that her husband inherited smoking and consumption of alcohol from his father, as such wanted to end the marriage to stop what seemed like a generational trend from continuing.

“I did everything humanly possible to discourage Taiwo, from continuing with the habit of beer consumption and cigarette smoking, but he has refused to turn a new leaf

“Instead, he said that I am making life uncomfortable for him and that I should move away from his house.

“When I insisted, Taiwo one day, led about 25 members of his gang to attack me in my matrimonial home, by beating and molesting me as well as ransacking the entire house.

“The men who were masked requested for the land documents Taiwo had bought for our child which he kept with me, but I had taken the document away before they arrived.

“Taiwo’s relatives are aware of all these acts and his disappearance from home for the past five months,” Folasade explained.

The defendant consented to the suit and did not deny the allegations leveled against him, instead, he threw more light on the matter.

Taiwo who earned his living as a software engineer contended that he was a bubbler who could not do without smoking and drinking beer.

“Aside from the fact that Folasade warned me about going to enjoy myself in the night, I started smoking at the backyard and she was still not contented.

“In fact, Folasade demanded money from me before I could make love to her in addition to milking me dry on any slightest opportunity.

“I left home because she often steal my money, I took the chairs in the sitting room and the generator that I bought with money to an unknown destination,” Taiwo said.

In his judgment, Odunade, observed that the foundation of the whole problem was Taiwo’s addiction to smoking and beer.

He added that there might be a tragedy ahead if the court does not end the union.

Odunade therefore pronounced the marriage dissolved and awarded custody of the two and a half year-old child produced by the union to Folasade, directing Taiwo to pay N5, 000 as the child’s monthly feeding allowance.

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Court remands motorcycle rider over alleged armed robbery

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An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Friday remanded a motorcycle  rider, Afeez Olaitan, 23, in Kirikiri Prisons over alleged armed robbery.

The Magistrate, Mrs O.O. Fajana ordered Olaitan’s remanded due to the gravity of the offences he allegedly committed.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Olaitan, who resides at No. 13, Timidere St., Alagbado, Lagos, is facing charges of conspiracy, assault, breach of the peace and armed robbery.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Patrick Ebri, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on July 20 on AIT Road, Alagbado.

Ebri alleged that Olaitan, conspired with others at large to rob one Mr Sunday Adeyemi of a Tecno Spark valued at N15, 000 and a sum of N2, 000.

He alleged that Olaitan also assaulted Adeyemi by using a stone to inflict a deep cut on his head.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 411, 173, 168 and 297 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

NAN reports that the court did not take the plea of Olaitan as the magistrate said she needed advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

She ordered that the case file should be sent to the DPP.

The magistrate adjourned the case until Sept. 27 for mention.

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