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Court dissolves marriage over sexual denial by wife

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An Igando Customary Court on Tuesday dissolved the union between Mr Taofeek Muritala and Mrs Jelilat Muritala on grounds of frequent fighting and lack of love.

The petitioner, Mr Muritala, a resident of No.11, Muritala Taofeek St.,  White Sand area of Isheri in Lagos State, had approached the court on Dec. 2, 2021 seeking  the dissolution of his 10-year-old marriage to his wife.

He alleged  that  his wife was very troublesome, being too heady and not taking care of their children.

“Our problem started in 2002 when I was a motorcycle operator and my wife just delivered a baby.

Then, I used to give her N100 as daily allowance, but for some time I could not meet up because I had to also deliver money to the owner of the motorcycle I was riding.

” One day, she calculated all the money I owed her  which  she said amounted to N900.  On that day,  she held on to my shirt, fought me and insisted that I must give her the money or  else that  I would not leave the house.

“It was the neighbours that had to intervene and in the process, she tore my cloths.

“She would always leave the house and only to return later  whenever she felt like.

Also,  she dislikes my mother, alleging that my mother used to complain that the pieces of  meat she put in the pot of soup were always  too big among other flimsy reasons.

“Each time my mother was  visiting us,  my wife would fight her. Because of the incessant quarrels between them,  I had to advise my mother not to visit again.

” Also,  I’m  the one who is always taking  our children to school.  She does not have the time to take care of them; she does only what pleases her, she’s such a hooligan.

“Anytime there was a fight between us, she would not  hesitate to draw out a knife or break bottles,” he said.

The petitioner also told the court that his wife would  not take to corrections and was fond of  disrespecting  his family, hence, there is  no more love between them.

He then urged the court to grant him a divorce from his wife.

The respondent, Mrs  Jelilat  Muritala, a caterer and a resident of the same address as her husband, countered all that her husband said, but told the court that they used to  quarrel  because of sex.

“Our fight is simply because of sex, he demands sex everyday and I’m tired of it.

Also, it is not true that I don’t take care of the children, I always do. He only takes them to school since he operates a motorcycle.

“I do not also fight my mother-in-law, but there is nothing I do that pleases her. She complains about everything I do, but I have a cordial relationship with other  members of my husband’s  family.

“He said that  I used charm on him; that  is also a lie. When he was very sick, I took him to a  church where he was given blessed water which cured his illness, so how does that translate to charm?

“Although,  he claimed that it was not the water that healed him that it was the charcoal he took,” she said.

The respondent told the court that truly there was no more  love between them since her husband had married a second wife.

She added that she had moved on with her life.

The  President of the court, Mr Koledoye Adeniyi, in his judgment said that after listening to both  sides, the respondent was not submissive enough and to make matters worse, they  dragged their  children into their rift.

He said that it was wrong for the wife to have denied her husband sex even though he was demanding it daily, adding that it was part of what contributed to the failure of the marriage.

According to the  president, the woman’s  act of denying her husband sex was what pushed him into marrying another woman to satisfy his sexual urge.

“In this view,  the marriage has broken down irretrievably and therefore the dissolution of their marriage succeeds ,” he said.

He ordered the petitioner to give the respondent the sum of N200,000 as severance allowance and to also pay the sum of N150,000 to assist the respondent to secure an accommodation where should would relocate to.

He also ordered the petitioner to take good care of the younger children in his care and be responsible for the education of the grown up children.

He said that any violation of the judgment would  be regarded as contempt  of the court and  would attract six months’ imprisonment without an option of fine.

 

(NAN)

 

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High Court Nullifies Osun LG Election

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The Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has nullified the local government election conducted by the Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC).

Recall that the election was conducted by the state Electorial body (OSSIEC) on the 15th October.

Ruling on the matter, Justice Ayo-Nathaniel Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Osogbo said the election was held in contravention of sections 29 & 32 of the Electoral Act, 2022.

He declared the election null and void for not being conducted in consonance with the Electoral Act 2022.

The court also ordered the chairman and councilors elected into the local government across the state through the process to vacate office with immediate effect.

The People’s Democratic Party had approached the court, asking it to stop (OSSIEC) from going ahead with the planned polls.

Other respondents in the matter include INEC, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and its then chairman Adeboyega Famoodun.

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Welfare Packages: NASS seeks better offer for Judicial Officers

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…As Buhari increases allocation from N120billion to N150billion

The National Assembly Committee on Judiciary on Friday raised alarm that the poor welfare packages and salaries for the Judicial Officers, Judges and Staff of Judiciary threatened the overall performance of Judiciary Arm of government.

The Chairman of the Joint National Assembly, Senate Michael Opeyemi Bamidele made this known during the Budget performance and defence of the Judiciary on Friday.

Bamidele who hinged his argument on Leaked Memo from Justices of Supreme Court said that the increment of N120 billion to N150 for the Judiciary is not enough to cater for welfare of the Arm of government.

He said, “We stand to consider the content of the leaked memo from the Justices of the Supreme Court as a wake-up call or clarion call to comprehensively address the welfare issues and well-being of Judges, Judicial Officers and staff of the Judiciary, as well as judicial apparatus and infrastructure of Courts.

” Otherwise, poor working conditions and lack of the requisite welfare will affect the overall performance of the Nigerian Judiciary.  I do hope the budget you are going to present before us today has addressed most of these salient issues.”

Bamidele added, “The budget proposal was with respect to a figure of N150 billion allocated to the judiciary in the 2023 budget through the national judicial council. This represents a N30 billion increase over an amount allotted in 2022 which was N120 billion and all of us agreed on the need to commend the President for ensuring continued increase in the budget of the judiciary every year in the last four years

“The reasons for the increase is to say that a budget of N120 billion for the judiciary was totally not enough to help the judicial arm of government discharge on its mandate and responsibilities.

“With the N150 billion it is not yet Uhuru for the judiciary because the judiciary still needs much more than that to operate and be able to address adequately, the welfare of our judicial officers and staff of the judiciary.”

In his presentation before the Joint Committee, Ahmed Saleh said lamented that though the NJC has been able to assess 80 percent of 2022 budget, the inflation rate in the county has adverse effect on the budget performance of the Judicial Council in the country.

He said that based on the challenges facing the NJC, the budget proposal submitted to the Ministry of Finance was N338 billion, but was given the envelope of N150 billion.

He added that although there is an increase of N30 billion in the budget compare to last year budget of N120 billion, but in the real sense of it there is no serious increase in the budget considering the level of inflation in the country.

He said, “The appropriation for the judiciary in this subsisting fiscal year is N120 billion. It is gratifying that out of this sum we are so far able to assess 80 per cent of the fund.

“That notwithstanding, the current economic situation has forced a serious in terms and of our budget implementation and performance.

“This subsisting budget was passed at a benchmark of N580 to a dollar. The economic situation had hampered the performance and implementation of our budget.

“Even with the N150 billion we are constraint. These economic indices are still persisting even if we need to achieve milestone this year, with N120 billion on each and every vote, we have to make an additional provision of over 20 per cent on the votes for us to be able to achieve milestone.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial Adjourned Indefinitely

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The Federal High Court Abuja has adjourned indefinitely the trial of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu in the terrorism charges brought against him by the Federal Government.

Justice Binta Nyako put off the trial sine die at the instance of Kanu pending the resolution of the Federal Government’s appeal against the October 13 judgment of the Court of Appeal that discharged him from the terrorism charges.

The Federal Government’s appeal seeking reversal of the Court of Appeal judgment is pending before the Supreme Court.

Two other cases billed for hearing before the court were also put off indefinitely for the same reason.

Meanwhile, Kanu refused to appear before the Federal High Court on Monday.

The refusal to honour the high court was conveyed to Justice Nyako by the Federal Government’s counsel, Mohammed Abubakar.

He informed the court that all entreaties made to persuade Kanu to have a change of heart were rebuffed.

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