Court Dissolves 7-Year-Old Marriage Over Desertion

The judge ordered the petitioner to refund N50,000 only to the respondent, being the dowry Usman paid by way of Khul’l (dissolution of the marriage bond at the instance of the wife) according to Islamic law and procedure.

Saidu dragged had dragged her husband to court on April 16 over fears that he would abandon her / Photo credit: afj.org
Saidu dragged had dragged her husband to court on April 16 over fears that he would abandon her / Photo credit: afj.org

A Jos Area Court sitting in Nassarawa Gwong, on Wednesday dissolved a seven-year-old marriage between Sumaiya Muhammad and her husband, Bala Usman on grounds of desertion.

The Judge, Mr. Ishaq Danjuma, in granting the request made by Muhammad said all efforts to reconcile the parties failed.

The judge ordered the petitioner to refund N50,000 only to the respondent, being the dowry Usman paid by way of Khul’l (dissolution of the marriage bond at the instance of the wife) according to Islamic law and procedure.

Danjuma further granted the petitioner custody of their children.

He however said the respondent is allowed to visit the children at appropriate times of the day without any hindrance.

Earlier, Muhammad, pleaded with the court to dissolve her marriage, saying that her husband, deserted her when she was ill and staying with her parents.

Muhammad accused Usman of failure to provide for the family for three years since she fell ill.

(NAN)

Chinyere Fred-Adegbulugbe

Written by Chinyere Fred-Adegbulugbe

Chinyere Fred-Adegbulugbe is the Editor of TheInterview Abuja. She's worked as a journalist at The Punch Newspapers and also The LEADERSHIP Newspapers, where she rose to become the Editorial Director.