Court dissolves 5-year-old marriage over maltreatment of housemaid

A Grade ‘A’ Customary Court in Agege, Lagos on Monday dissolved a five-year-old marriage over infidelity and maltreatment of their housemaid by the woman.

The Court’s President, Mr Emmanuel Sokunle, said that the court could not save the union of Mr Tope Fasanmi and Zainab, due to irreconcilable differences.

“The court tried all it could to settle the matter but the efforts failed.

“The custody of the only child of the union, remains with the respondent (Zainab).

“The petitioner shall be paying her N20,000 monthly through the court for the child’s upkeep.

“He shall also be responsible for the education and medical bills of the child,” Sokunle held.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that Tope filed for divorce on Sept. 17.

The resident of No. 8, Metal Box Road, Ogba had accused Zainab, 32, of infidelity, insubordination, and maltreatment of their housemaid.

`’I got to know from her text messages that she was having an extra-marital affair with someone; it was also through that message that I got to know that her mother was aware of the relationship,” he submitted.

However, Zainab, a trader, who lives at 2 Igbowu St., Mushin, said that Tope sought divorce because she stopped giving him money for his business.

“I have been with him through thick and thin, but my husband has not been fair to me; he met me a virgin and no man has ever slept with me except him.

“ I don’t have any extra marital affair; instead he does, she said.

Zainab had prayed the court to save the marriage, saying that she still loved Tope.

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