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Court dissolves 14-year old marriage in Ibadan

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A Customary Court at Ibadan, Oyo state on Tuesday dissolved the 14-year-old marriage between Dauda Saliman and his wife, Amina, over her alleged attempt to poison her husband.

The President of the Court, Ademola Odunade and two other arbitrators; Suleiman Apanpa and Rafiu Raji, held that the union was dissolved in the interest of peace and tranquility.

The court granted the custody of the couple’s three children to Amina and directed Mr Saliman to ensure the payment of a N15,000 monthly stipend for the children’s upkeep.

The court frowned at Amina’s actions in the build-up to the court hearing, describing her as “the architect of her own misfortune”.

Mr. Saliman, who was resident at Ayegun area in Ibadan, lodged a complaint with the court to dissolve the union given his wife’s intense commitment towards killing him.

He lamented that he had to leave home due to his wife’s repeated attempts to kill him.

“Times without number, Amina had embarked on her evil plot to kill me by poisoning my food without my knowledge, but God had been protecting me.

“This is due to no other reason than to illegitimately take over my hard-earned property.

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“I realise that Amina doesn’t love me, she is only after what she can get from me.

“She even took my name to a marabout in Ibadan who also sleeps with her.

“I got this piece of evidence because that Marabout has been threatening, calling me day and night to bring an end to my life.

“What else does Amina want from me? Aside from establishing a big stall for her at Gbagi market, I also gave her two cars.

“She is quite aware that she is not my only wife, but she wants to acquire my entire property,” Mr Saliman said.

In her defense, Amina prayed the court not to end the marriage. She denied ever trying to poison her husband.

Amina alleged that her husband merely wants to dump her and marry a new wife.

“It is true that he abandoned the three children and I at home for three years, sleeping in the hotel.

“Dauda had always sounded it in my ears that he wanted to marry another wife and that I should vacate his house, but I don’t know how I offended him.

“He has been dating and sleeping with my salesgirl and I think he has married her.

“I have no plot to harm Dauda, I love him, especially for the sake of our children,” Amina pleaded.

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