An Idi-Ogungun Customary Court, Agodi, Ibadan in Oyo State, on Wednesday dissolved a 10-year-old marriage between Shina Ismaila and Olaremi Ismaila over Shina’s drunkenness.
The president of the court, Chief Mukaila Balogun, and the court’s assessors, Ganiyu Alao and Aare Samotu, in their unanimous decision dissolved the marriage.
The court also ruled that the first two children should be in the custody of the defendant while the last child should be with the plaintiff.
The court also ruled that the defendant should be paying N3,500 to the plaintiff as monthly allowance for the upkeep of the child in her custody.
Earlier, the 28-year-old housewife, Olaremi, had told the court that her husband, Shina, was a stunt-drunkard and was always beating her whenever she refused to clean his mess after vomiting.
Olaremi alleged that her husband was also a gambler and never took care of her and their three children.
“I dare not advise him against gambling nor cautioned him over his excessive drinking habit; in fact, he hardly listens to his parents’ advice.
“The worse thing is that he steals my money to gamble whenever he is broke and has ruined my business.
“ I regret marrying him and I pray the court to separate us before he ruins my entire life,’’ she pleaded.
The complainant, Olaremi, also prayed the court to grant her the custody of the children.
Ismaila, a bricklayer, did not oppose the request of his estranged wife but denied beating her.
He said that his wife that was fond of cursing him whenever they had misunderstandings.
He also objected to Oluremi’s plea that she should have the custody of the three children produced by the marriage.
He said that Oluremi did not have the means of livelihood to cater for the wellbeing of the children.(NAN)