Ahmed Afolabi had dragged his second wife, Mariam, to court, alleging, among other things, that he rented one-room apartment for her, but that Mariam preferred sleeping around in her friends’ apartments where different men had sexual intercourse with her.
“In fact, I caught her on several occasions in one of her friends’ apartments,” Ahmed told the court.
The President of Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, Mr. Ademola Odunade, on Monday dissolved the four-year marriage between Mariam and Ahmed.
While the case was being heard, the couple also disclosed that their genotypes were capable of making them have children with sickle cell disorder, hence the need for them to go their separate ways.
In her petition, Mariam who resides at Iyana-Lodge Street, Oke-Ado, Ibadan, told the court that her genotype did not match that of her husband.
“After I had settled down into the marriage with Ahmed, I realised that both of us have the same genotype which is AS, a situation that had made it difficult for us to produce healthy children.
“According to advice by our medical doctor, if both of us continue in the relationship, we might produce children with Sickle Cell Disease.
“Already, the only child we have has started manifesting signs of a sickle-cell patient,” Mariam told the court.
She also accused Ahmed of not fending for her and their child, adding that the attendant starvation had become unbearable.
“He does nothing about our material needs in addition to constantly quarrelling with me.
“Without wasting the time of this court, I don’t have feelings for Ahmed any longer, please, separate us,” Mariam said.
Ahmed, who resides at Alegun-Fatosi Area of Ibadan, did not oppose Mariam’s suit, while he also did not deny the allegations she levelled against him.
He, however, said Mariam was a wayward wife who was unfaithful to him.
“Mariam is my second wife and I rented a room apartment for her. But she was sleeping around in her friends’ apartments where different men kept having sexual intercourse with her.
“In fact, I caught her on several occasions in one of her friends’ apartments,” Ahmed said.
While advising intending couples to know each other’s genotype before eventually settling down for marriage, Judge Odunade dissolved the union between Ahmed and Mariam.
“Therefore, in the interest of peace and order, the court has put an end to the union between Mariam and Ahmed.
“Mariam is granted the custody of the four-year-old child produced by the union.
“Ahmed shall pay a monthly-feeding allowance of N5,000 to Mariam for the upkeep of the child, in addition to being responsible for her education and other welfare,” Odunade said.
About Article Author