Court dissolves 7-year-old marriage over domestic violence

A Nyanya Customary Court, on Monday, dissolved a seven-year-old marriage between a policewoman, Florence Idu, and husband, Shedrach Emmanuel over domestic violence.

The court presided over by justice Shitta Mohammed granted the request of Florence, ruling that the union had irretrievably collapsed.

He said the court had tried everything within its powers to bring the respondent to court to resolve the issues between the parties, adding that all efforts failed.

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“It is on record that throughout the sitting of this case, the respondent has played pranks on this honourable court and has not been honouring the sittings.

“The irreconcilable differences between the two parties showed that they are no longer compatible; therefore, the marriage is hereby dissolved,’’ Mohammed said.

He, however, gave the custody of the only child of the marriage to the mother, saying that the child was only five years old and still needs the tender care of her mother.

Mohammed also ordered that the sum of N1,500 dowry be paid by the petitioner, to the registry of the court, for onward delivery to the respondent.

Earlier, Florence had told the court that her husband always beats and assaults her, leaving her with bruises all over her body.

She also told the court that her husband had pushed her out of the house in the middle of the night, on several occasions.