‘My husband smokes Indian hemp, beats me after I feed him, pay the rent’

A Mararaba Upper Area Court in Nasarawa, Nasarawa State, has dissolved the 10-year-old marriage between Mercy Okolie and her husband, Henry Nwaodi on grounds of battery.

Delivering judgement, the judge, Abubakar Tijjani said all efforts to reconcile the parties failed

“This union was dissolved in the interest of peace.

“I also urge the parties to maintain peace at all time. Any violation of this order of the court will amount to contempt with grave consequences,” he said.

He directed the parties to collect their divorce certificate from the registrar’s office.

The court granted custody of their four children toMercy.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the judge further ordered Henry to pay N20,000 to Mercy as monthly upkeep and N34,000 on each child’s school fees per term.

In her petition, Mercy alleged that her husband was irresponsible. She added that he was a brute.

“My husband has failed in his matrimonial obligations towards me and our children.

“He has also failed to provide me and our children the basic necessities.

“I have been providing for the home financially. I feed and pay the house rent.

“Henry beats me at the slightest provocation and squeezes my breasts. He always threatens to kill me.

“My husband smokes cigarette and Indian hemp, and is hostile to our children.

“Please, let this honourable court separate us.  There is no longer love in our union and nothing can bring us together again,” she said.

The respondent did not object to the separation.


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