Man Asks Court to Dissolve Marriage to His Wife after She Gave Birth to a Girl

A 51- year-old man, Mr. Lukman Agoro, was alleged to have sent his wife, Sadiat, packing from their matrimonial home for giving birth to a baby girl.

Sadiat, had been dragged before an Agege customary court by her husband for not allowing him to see his child. But when given the opportunity to speak, she said that Lukman had warned her earlier that she should not venture to give birth to a baby girl if she wanted to live under the same roof with him.

She also added that her husband once vowed that he would not be involved in the upbringing of the child and that she (Sadiat) would raise the child at her parents house. The wife also informed the court that barely three months after she gave birth to her daughter, Lukman threw her belongings out, and claimed that he didn’t have interest in the relationship any longer.

In her words, “To my surprise, Lukman came to my parents house when my daughter was exactly one year old claiming that he wanted to mark the little girl’s birthday”. She added that her daughter ran away from him, because she didn’t know him as a father.

In his submission, Lukman told the court that his mother-in-law didn’t like his face, adding that she didn’t want her daughter to live with him as his wife. He therefore pleaded that the court should dissolve the marriage and grant him custody of the girl. Meanwhile, the case was adjourned till October 24, 2012 for further hearing.

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