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Court dissolves 17-year-old marriage over infidelity

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A Mapo Customary Court, Ibadan yesterday dissolved the marriage of one Taiwo Oyedeji, an Ibadan-based vehicle dealer and his wife, Aminat, a trader, over claim of infidelity by both parties. The marriage, which lasted for 17 years, was survived by three children.
  
The court ordered the husband, Taiwo, to take custody of the first child and pay N10,000 for the other two children monthly for feeding allowance in addition to being responsible for their education and other welfare.
 
President of the court, Ademola Odunade, told the court that Oyedeji, a resident of Fatusi area in Ibadan, filed for a divorce because he was tired of living under the same roof with his wife who he claimed had made herself a public property.
  
Oyedeji said: “When I suspected that Aminat was engaged in extra-marital affairs, I made her understand that I knew, but rather than stop, she had more confidence. She continued to return home late at night and one day I caught her red-handed. That night, Aminat put her mobile phone on silence and went away but a certain number called her phone over and over. I realized that it was the same phone number I had always warned her about. Then, I told our son who was there with me to bring the phone.
 

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“In a disguise, I changed my voice and spoke like Aminat and the man believed that he was talking to his concubine. In the conversation, the man said that since the last time he and my wife enjoyed each other, he had traveled to Ile-Ife and he would soon be returning to Ibadan so that they can both continue their escapade.”
  
However, Aminat refuted the claims that she was cheating on her husband, stating that her husband was the cheat. “In spite of the fact that Taiwo cannot substantiate any of his allegations against me, he is still doing everything possible to eliminate me. I don’t know where he got the evidence he is talking about from. Taiwo is too troublesome for me, and I am equally frustrated,” Aminat stated.
  
Odunade, while delivering his judgment dissolved the marriage between the two and gave custody of the first child to the plaintiff and the last two to the defendant.
 
Meanwhile, a 43-year-old hairdresser, Oluwayemi Olayinka, who allegedly beat up a policewoman and threatened to kill another, yesterday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court. Olayinka, who resides in Olorunshola area, Ayobo Ipaja, is charged with assault and threat to life.
 
The prosecution counsel, Sgt. Chekube Okeh, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Feb. 29 in Ayobo Police Station. Okeh alleged that the defendant threatened to kill W/Sgt. Roseline Ayemowa when she went to her house to invite her daughter, Latifat, to the police station for a case she was mentioned in.
 
Ayemowa also alleged that the defendant was arrested and brought to the police station and while at the station, she slapped W/Sgt. Bisi Ogundimu on her face. Okeh also alleged that she tore Ogundimu’s uniform. The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 56, 173 and 174 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
 
Chief Magistrate A.O. Akinde admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum. Akinde adjourned the case until April 2 for mention.

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