A Public School teacher, Mrs Idowu Oluokun has told a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan to dissolve her 16 year-old marriage to husband, Oyetunji instead of sharing him with a second wife.
Idowu made the submission in her counter argument before Chief Ademola Odunade, the court’s President that her husband was not trust worthy.
She further said that soon after she gave birth to her child, Oyetunji told her that he has married another wife whom his relatives preferred because she came from the same place with him.
“He further told me that what he decided was to be shuttling between my home and his new wife’s home.
“I went mad because that was never our initial agreement and plan and I could not bear the shame.
“I later told Oyetunji to stick to his new wife permanently because I cannot share him.
“Ever since then, Oyetunji refused to cater for the only child between us until recently when he resurfaced to claim the child.
“He only managed to send N30,000 to buy the child’s WAEC form, but never knew how he sat for all the exams and gained admission to the university now.
“However, if the court would grant him custody of the child, I pray for a refun of all that I have spent on him for the past 16 years, N2,800 per day.
“Not forgetting the fact that I borrowed from the bank and co-operative to secure admission for the boy,” Idowu said.
Earlier in his testimony, Oyetunji, a resident of Ogbomoso identified lack of love, distrust and irresponsibility as the reasons for filing the suit.
“My lord, it is clear that Idowu doesn’t love me.
“I stopped sending her money for the child’s upkeep last year because she keeps overbilling me.
“I know quite well that one does not need more than N17,000 to buy a WAEC form in a public secondary school, but Idowu said that she needed N30,000 and I sent it to her.
“The child had disclosed to me that he wants to be with me, but she keeps preventing him,” Oyetunji said.
He however, refused to comment on Idowu’s allegations against him.
In his judgment, Odunade condemned the petitioner’s attitude of dumping his wife for another woman only to come and claim the child in the marriage.
He consequently dissolved the union and awarded custody of the child to Idowu.
He also ordered Oyetunji to pay N10,000 as the child’s monthly feeding allowance in addition to been responsible for his education and other welfare.