Housewife seeks divorce over husband’s gambling addiction

Factual Pursuit of Truth for Progress

A trader, Fisayo Akibu, on Tuesday approached a Customary Court sitting in Mapo, Ibadan, seeking dissolution of her 19-year-old marriage to husband, Abiodun, over his addiction to gambling

Testifying, the mother of four, said, “My husband puts all his earnings into betting rather than care for the children and I.

“Since I married Abiodun in 2001, he has not performed the naming ceremonies rites for our children as expected of him.

“Worst still, he curses and shouts at me to leave his home.

“Please, give me custody of my daughter because I don’t trust what will happen to her in his custody.”

Abiodun gave his consent for divorce.

He however denied all allegations against him.

“My lord, it is true that I had some financial difficulties at some points, but I have since overcome it.

“Fisayo allows any man who is ready to give her chicken change to sleep with her not minding that she is married.

“One of our neighbours, who earns his livelihood as a labourer (Baba Oche), is the one currently sleeping with her.

Delivering a judgment, the President of the court, Chief Ademola Odunade, dissolved the marriage and granted custody of the first child to Abiodun and the last three to the petitioner.

He also ordered Abiodun to pay N15,000 as monthly feeding allowance.



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