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Court dissolves 7-year-old marriage over desertion, assault, childlessness,




Abuja, April 24, 2019 A Pyakasa Customary Court in Lugbe, Abuja on Wednesday dissolved a seven-year-old marriage between one Nwanne Joy and her husband, James Valentine over desertion, assault and unwillingness to raise a family.

Delivering judgment, Chief Usman Ibrahim, the President of the court, held that the court had no other option than to dissolve the union because of Valentine’s unwillingness to defend his marriage.

”Since the marriage has been damaged due to constant assault, the seven-year-old union between Joy and Valentine ceases to be, in the interest of peaceful living.

“Joy shall  be issued a divorce certificate by the court   and she is free to go and remarry,” he said.

He further said that since under Igbo custom, a woman is instructed to return the bride price if she wants a divorce, Joy is to return N10, 000 paid for her bride price to the respondent.

Earlier in her petition, Joy, a civil servant and a resident of 9, FHA in Lugbe said that her husband constant assault, lying , inability to provide for her and get her pregnant  was unbearable.

“She said that after their wedding in December 2012, she was unable to conceive and the husband blamed her for their childless situation.

She also said that after various insults from the husband, she discovered that he was the reason for their childlessness because he had low sperm count.

Valentine however never appeared in court to defend his marriage  after several hearing notice were served on him.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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