18-Year-Old Marriage Dissolved Over Telephone Dispute


An 18-year-old marriage between  Alade Muniru and his wife Sadiat has collapsed over the removal of a telephone battery.

Sadiat had approached the Ogungun Customary Court at Agodi in Ibadan, seeking the dissolution of the marriage, explaining that her husband had turned her into a punching bag.

In her testimony before the court on Friday, the plaintiff narrated how her husband had beaten her mercilessly on New Year Day for tampering with his telephone battery.

“Although he used to beat me at least twice a week but that of the first day in the New Year was beyond what I can bear.

“I have four children for him and he rarely caters for me and the kids, despite my total submission to him as the head of the family.

“I, therefore, pray the court to separate us as his parents also are not helping matters, due to the fact, he is supported by them, whenever I reported his bad attitude to them,”  Sadiat said.

The husband admitted the allegation, pleading with the court to grant the divorce, saying that he was equally not interested in the marriage anymore.

Alade, a battery charger, described his wife as a deviant, who hardly obeyed his instructions.

He said that Sadiat had been warned several times not to touch his phone battery “because customers would not be able to reach me whenever my handset battery is down.

“ I do not joke with my job and I prefer allowing her to go than doing what will affect my job negatively, so the court should as a matter of urgency grant the dissolution,” Muniru stated.

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The president of the court, Chief Mukaila Balogun, wasted no time in dissolving the marriage since both parties had agreed to part ways.

Balogun, however, directed the defendant to take two of the children in his custody while the plaintiff should take care of the other two kids.

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