Court Dissolves 31-Year-Old Marriage Over Incessant Assault, Battery

ADO-EKITI – A 31-year-old marriage has crashed in Ekiti over con­stant beating of over Ade­dara Francis by his wife Adedara Oluwakemi.

Their children are Opey­emi (32), f, Abimbola (22), f, Damilola (19), f, and Tomiwa (17) m.

Mr. Francis said his wife was a violent woman, add­ing that she would not cook for him or take care of the children.

The marriage was dis­solved by an Ado-Ekiti Cus­tomary Court, on Wednes­day on grounds of alleged frequent beatings, insubor­dination, greediness, selfish­ness, domestic violence, lack of care for the children.

The President of the Court, Mrs. Olayinka Ako­molede, observed that the marriage was broken down irretrievably, consequently dissolved the marriage.

It was learnt both par­ties had earlier given their evidences on November 4, 2020.

Francis, 52, a resident of No. 14 Adewumi Oluwole Street in Ado-Ekiti, accused his wife of battery, adding that she was in the habit of always beating him at slight­est opportunity.

He added that he has been responsible for taking care of everything in the house, including the children.

He said that based on the beating he received from his wife, he had been hospital­ized twice in the course of their living together.

The father of four alleged desertion of ten years by his wife, adding they were no longer living together.

He also accused his wife of adultery, stating that he was not aware until she travelled for a course, say­ing anytime he called her it was a man that would pick her call.

He added that there was a time, his wife wanted to send a message to a man but mistakenly sent it on his phone.

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The petitioner therefore urged the court to dissolve their marriage.

But the respondent, Olu­wakemi, 51, a resident of No.13 Nova Road in Ado-Ek­iti, denied beating her hus­band.

She said it was her hus­band that was in the habit of beating her.

She said her husband was a pathological liar, and denied his wife’s adultery allegation by him.

Oluwakemi said she left the house because of the way her husband was beat­ing her on daily basis.

She said she was not in support of the dissolution because the petitioner re­mains her husband.

Akomolede ruled that the custody of Tomiwa is grant­ed to the petitioner, while Abimbola and Damilola can decide where to remain.

She granted access to the respondent to see Tomiwa in his school without any trouble.

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