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Assault: Court dissolves hair dresser’s 10-year-old marriage

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An Ekiti Customary Court sitting in Ikole Ekiti, on Tuesday, dissolved a 10-year-old marriage between one Mrs Odunayo Agbetuyi, and her husband, Alabi for constant assault.

The president of the court, Mrs Yemisi Ojo,‎ dissolved the union due to irreconcilable differences between the couple.

She ‎ruled that both parties should go their separate ways and they should not harass or disturb the peace of each other.

Ojo awarded the custody of the four children of the union to Alabi for proper upbringing and education but held that the last child should remain temporarily with the petitioner because of his tender age.

She said the respondent would be responsible for the child’s school fees while he would be paying N5,000 for his monthly upkeep.

“The petitioner is granted free access to the children at anytime,” she said.

Earlier, the petitioner, Agbetuyi, 35, hair dresser,  told the court that she was not customarily married to the respondent but had four children for him.

She said that she separated from the respondent five years ago due to the mal‎treatment and incessant assault she received from him while they lived together.

Agbetuyi said despite the fact that she had separated from the respondent, he continued to disturb and harass her.

The mother of four children told the court that she had been responsible for the children’s welfare since she left the respondent.

She prayed the court to dissolve her association with the respondent.

The respondent, Alabi Ijarotimi, 59, a civil servant, denied all the allegations brought against him by the petitioner.

He said the petitioner’s refusal to attend his church and an undue interference of one Chief Olotin‎, who he suspected was having an affair with her, were the problems of the union .

Ijarotimi told the court that he was responsible for the petitioner’s secondary education, technical school, and hairdressing apprenticeship .

The respondent said he was not  in support of the prayer of the petitioner that the court should dissolve their union.

Ijarotimi  said he could only be responsible for the children’s school fees but prayed the court to award the custody ‎of the children to him.

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