An Igando Customary Court in Lagos, Lagos State, has granted a 65-year-old businessman, Mr Akinola Ikudola, divorce from his wife, Funsho Ikudola, on grounds that she got pregnant for another man while still living with him.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the court president, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, said that it was proper for both parties to go their separate ways since they were tired of living together as husband and wife.
“Since both parties consented to the dissolution of their marriage, this court has no choice than to dissolve it.
“The court hereby pronounces the marriage between Akinola and Funsho Ikudola dissolved today.
“Both of you henceforth cease to be husband and wife.
“Each of you should go on his or her separate ways unmolested. The court wishes both of you well in your future endeavours,” he said.
He gave custody of their two children to their mother and ordered Akinola to pay N10, 000 monthly for their feeding.
He further instructed him to be responsible for their education and general welfare.
Koledoye ordered the petitioner to pay N300,000 to his wife as severance and accommodation fee.
“The petitioner is to pay N150,000 as severance fee to his wife for her to move on with her life and another N150,000 for her to rent an accommodation so that she can move out of his house,” he ruled.
Akinola had earlier pleaded with the court to end his 21-year-old marriage claiming that his wife got pregnant for another man while still living with him.
“When she informed me of the pregnancy, I denied the paternity because I’ve had nothing to do with her for years.
“When she was in labour, she refused to go to the hospital, she was delivered of the baby at home but the baby died,” the petitioner stated.
“Our first daughter, who has just finished her secondary school education always brought in men to the house. Whenever I tell my wife to caution her, she would fight me.
“Funsho permitted her to spend three months with her boyfriend without my consent. This girl is presently pregnant,” he said.
Akinola accused his wife of always stealing his money.
Responding, Funsho, who consented to the dissolution of their union, accused Akinola of engaging in extra-marital affairs.
“My husband moves around with different women,” the respondent said.
The 56-year-old trader said that she once got her husband drunk and made him sleep with her because he had starved her of sex for seven years.
“My husband is uncaring to both our children and I. He always said that our children would remember only me if they become successful in the future,” she added.
The respondent said that their children were wayward because their father was hostile to them.