By Rashidat Akashat with agency report
The 13-year marriage between Alaba Omotoso and his wife, Toyin, has been dissolved by an Ado-Ekiti Customary Court over lack of care and food.
Divorce Over Threat To life
Omotoso filed for divorce over lack of care, food, threat to life, disobedience and domineering behaviour of his wife.
The petitioner told the court that his wife was fond of disobeying his orders and instructions.
The 40-year-old pastor also said Toyin hardly cooks for him adding that she does so only at her own convenience.
Omotoso also told the court that the respondent’s sister was fond of threatening and cursing him whenever she sees him.
He then said that he was tired of the marriage and appealed to the court to end their union.
Omotoso, however, appealed to the court to grant him custody of the children so they are properly raised.
Teacher Denies Allegations
However, Toyin, 35, who is a teacher, denied all the allegations, claiming that she is a good wife who caters for her family.
Toyin also explained that whenever her husband is ill, instead of mentioning it to her, he tells his church members.
Omotoso, insisting on their separation, stressed that his wife always nagged whenever she asked for feeding money from him.
Toyin prayed the court to compel the petitioner to increase the feeding allowance of the children from N5, 000 to N10, 000, considering the economic situation in Nigeria.
She agreed on joint payment of school fees and feeding of the children.
The respondent, however, said that she was against the divorce.
“My husband almost killed me on a particular day and at that period, I was pregnant.”
Toyin and Omotoso have two children.
The President of the Court, Joseph Ogunsemi, said the marriage had broken down irretrievably and consequently dissolved the marriage.
He awarded the custody of the two children to the respondent for proper care and upbringing.
Ogunsemi ordered the respondent to be paying N4,000 as monthly feeding allowance for each of the children.
The court ruled that the payment of the feeding allowance would commence from Feb.28, the date of the judgment.
He further ruled that Toyin would be responsible for the education of the children at all levels.
Ogunsemi granted Toyin, without any restriction from the respondent, access to their children.