Court dissolves 26-year-old marriage over wife’s theft


The wife denies that she ever stole from her husband.

An Orile Agege Customary Court in Lagos on Tuesday dissolved a 26-year-old marriage on the grounds that the wife is a thief and a trouble maker.

The Court President, Joseph Adewusi, held that the union of Rasheed Gbadamosi and his erstwhile wife, Bamidele, broke because the latter lacks the virtue of transparency.

He referred hearing on the custody of the only underage child produced by the union to the Family Court.

“In the interim, the child remains with her mother. The father is ordered to be giving N5, 000 monthly for the child’s upkeep– through this court.

“The other three children are to decide who they should live with,” Mr. Adewusi ordered.

He also ordered the man to compensate the wife with N50, 000.

Rasheed filed the divorce suit on February 18.

Rasheed, a resident of 6, Ayinla Akinsola St., Iyana Ipaja, had told the court that Bamidele’s attitude had negatively affected his health.

“She has been a thorn in my flesh in the past 26 years. She steals my money almost every day,” he said.

The petitioner also told the court that Mrs. Bamidele colluded with the children to dupe him in the guise of schooling.

“Two of our children lied that they got admission into the Lagos State University, Ojo.

“They collected money from me for three years. I discovered later that I was duped and that their mother knew about it.

“I gave her N400, 000 to secure an apartment for herself and move out of my house, but she did not leave,” the petitioner said.

Bamidele, 50, denied the allegations.

“I have lived my life serving him. I loved and cared for him. I obeyed his orders.

“I was the only one taking care of him when he had stroke.

“Now, he does not want me again. But, I support the dissolution,’’ she said.


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