Court dissolves 13-year-old marriage over fighting

By The Citizen

An Okuta Area Court in Kwara on Friday dissolved a 13-year-old marriage between Bilikis Idris and Abdullahi Idris over claim of frequent fighting.

The court presided by Mr Ahmed Yahaya, ordered the couple to go their separate ways without disturbing the peace of the society.

The wife, Bilikis, had approached the court in 2015, seeking the dissolution of the marriage which had produced three children, over allegation that she had no rest of mind in the union.

She pleaded with the court to grant her wish so that she would marry another man that would care for her.

The man, Abdullahi, who was absent in court but sent a letter, consented to the relief sought by his wife.

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In the letter read in the court, he said, 'I, Idris Abdullahi, write for no objection to grant divorce to my wife, Bilikis.

'We are blessed with three children, all in my custody at Kaiama and I beg her to stop coming to pick my children without my consent, henceforth.'

Asked to react to the letter, Bilikis said that she had no comment but sought a relief of the court to enable her pack all her belongings, left in the respondent's house.

In his judgment, Yahaya dissolved the marriage as sought by the plaintiff and granted a relief to enable her pack her belongings.

The judge, however, ordered Bilikis to observe three months 'Iddah'' (Islamic period of waiting before remarrying), adding that both parties had 30 days to appeal against the judgment if displeased with it. -The Nation.