Asiata Oladejo, a businesswoman, requested a divorce from her estranged husband, Abidemi, before a Mapo Grade A Customary Court in Ibadan, Oyo State, on the grounds that he was untrustworthy and had deserted them during a robbery attack.
Oladejo made the assertion in her response to her husband’s divorce petition.
”My Lord, I am yet to recover from the shock I experienced when a gang of thieves raided our house. He hid in the toilet, leaving me to pant in front of the armed robbers, who terrorised the entire residents of the house.
My lord, when the thieves arrived at around 1am. on that night, my husband was nowhere to be found to defend the children and I.
Unknown to me, he hid in the toilet. He only came out when they had gone. My husband wanted us to continue living in that house,” she said.
In order to defend himself, Abidemi said that his wife was irritable.
”She comes to my shop unannounced to torment me. It is true that I hid in the toilet when armed robbers attacked our house. All the attempts made to bring her back home failed, because she said she was unnecessarily scared,” he said
He requested that the court grant him custody of the three kids on the grounds that he had been a good father.
The order prohibiting Oladejo from threatening, harassing, or meddling in Abidemi’s personal life was approved by the court’s president, Mrs. S. M. Akintayo, in her decision.
Oladejo was given custody of the three children by Akintayo, who also noted that she was most suited to care for them.
“Both petitioner and respondent shall be responsible for the education and other welfare of the children. In addition, Abidemi shall pay a monthly feeding allowance of N20,000 for the children’s upkeep. Both of you must maintain peace and order,” Akintayo held
However, she pointed out that since the couple’s partnership could not be regarded as a marriage, there was no marriage to dissolve. She claimed that their union did not follow Nigeria’s established customary laws.