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I want to take care of my children, don’t want to die – woman tells court

A housewife,Bose Okeiye, on Tuesday prayed an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court, Agodi-Ibadan, Oyo State, to dissolve her 25-year-old marriage to her estranged husband, Augustine Okeiye, and safe her from an untimely death.

Okeiye had approached the court seeking dissolution of the marriage which had produced five children, on the grounds that her husband was a threat to her life, not caring and irresponsible.

She narrated how the defendant battered her to the extent that she had to undergo surgery while on admission in a hospital for two months.

“I was on admission in a hospital for two months and had to undergo surgery because of my husband’s brutality and constant battering.

“He neither checked on me nor did he pay my hospital bill throughout my period in the hospital.

“Later, my family members asked why he refused to visit me in hospital and his response was that my father offended him.

“My lord, I am tired of him; please dissolve this marriage before he kills me. I want to take care of my five children in good health,” she pleaded.

The defendant (Augustine) was, however, not in court to defend the allegations leveled against him despite three letters of summons from the court.

The court’s president, Chief Mukaila Balogun, in his ruling said, “having gone through evidence presented by the complainant and considering the disrespect of the defendant toward the court, it is clear that there is no more love between the couple.”

Balogun, therefore, dissolved the marriage and ordered that the first two children should be in the custody of the defendant while the remaining three children should be with their mother.

He also ordered the defendant to pay N9,000 to his wife as monthly allowance for the upkeep of the three children.

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