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Court Dissolves 16-Year-Old Marriage Over Couple’s Troublesome Behaviour



Nasarawa State Mararaba Upper Area Court on Friday dissolved the 16-year -old marriage between Samson Apaila, and his wife, Grace, for infidelity and troublesome behaviour.

The judge, Ibrahim Shakarau, dissolved the marriage in the interest of peace, stressing that the parties no longer qualify to be called husband and wife.

“The parties are to maintain peace all the time, any violation of the order of this court will amount to contempt and of course with grave consequences.

 “Also the parties should collect their divorce certificate from the registrar’s office,’’ he ordered. Shakarau granted the petition custody of the three children produced by the 16-year-old marriage.

Samson Apaila had told the court that he was married to the respondent since 2003, according to the native law and customs of Igala people, while the union produced three children.

“She is a very troublesome woman. She quarrels, nags and fights me at every slight provocation or without reason.

“She is an unfaithful wife, as she cannot stay at home and look after the children, but goes out with other men and even threatens to kill me whenever I raise the matter.

“Please, let this honourable court separate us, there is no longer love in the union and nothing can bring us together again,” he said.

The petitioner also pleaded with the court to grant him the custody of two of the three children, while the last one, who is about five years old remain with the respondent, while he still takes responsibility.

The respondent who was in court did not object to the separation but asked the court to grant the petitioner’s request and to also grant him custody of the third child as well.

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