Arabic teacher drags wife to court for disrespecting him, first wife


A divorce-seeking Arabic teacher, Alfa Gasali Gafaru on Friday dragged his second wife, Rashidat, 37, before an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court in Ibadan for disrespecting him and his first wife.

Gafaru described his second wife as a troublesome maker who has no respect for him and his first wife.

He said ”I married her four years ago when I had a misunderstanding with my first wife.

”But trouble started when my first wife returned home after we resolved our dispute.

”Rashidat always curses me and my senior wife without recognising me as the head of the family.

“I therefore urge the court to dissolve my relationship with her. I pledge to pay my dues as regards the upkeep of the two kids of the marriage.

“The court should separate us to avoid the temptation of harming her due to her provocative behaviour”.

But the defendant, however, prayed the court not to grant the petitioner’s request for divorce, saying she was nursing a month-old baby.

She accused her husband of conspiring with his senior wife to frustrate her out of her matrimonial home.

The defendant denied ever cursing her husband and his senior wife, adding that “he is the one that treats me like a slave.”

President of the court, Chief Mukaila Balogun in his ruling declared that although the defendant was not tired of the marriage, “the plaintiff had proved in his statement of readiness to quit the marriage”.

Balogun then dissolved the marriage and ordered the petitioner to pay the sum of N8,000 to the defendant monthly for the upkeep allowance for the two children produced by the union.

He also ordered the plaintiff to pay the sum of N5,000 to the defendant as cost to enable her pack her belongings from his house and an additional N12,000 to enable her secure an accommodation.

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