Bricklayer divorces wife over failure to show receipt for child’s school fees

A bricklayer, Mr Gabriel Omode, has divorced
his wife for failing to show him receipts for
payment of school fees for their only child.
The plaintiff had approached an Ikole
Customary Court on Sept. 30, seeking
dissolution of his three-year-old union with his
wife, named Ruth.
He had told the court that Ruth had not been
giving him peace of mind through her
insubordination, lack of trust and constant
threat to his life.
Omode averred that he had been responsible
for the care and maintenance of the only child
of the marriage.
He said that he never failed to meet up
incessant demands for the child’s school fees.
“Ruth never deemed it fit to show me anything
as evidence of the payment of the fees.”
He, therefore, prayed the court to uphold his
request for dissolution of the marriage.
Omode assured that he would continue to
cater for the needs of the child, provided Ruth
showed evidence of payment of the child’s
school fees.
Ruth, however, denied the allegation, saying
that she never diverted her child’s school fees
on other things.
She also refuted the threat to life allegation
made by Omode, saying that the plaintiff was
always making night calls to another woman,
which she kicked against.
Ruth said that she had to pack out of her
matrimonial home when she could no longer
cope with the situation.
She did not object to the dissolution of the
marriage but pleaded that the court should
compel the plaintiff to take full responsibility
for the child’s maintenance.
In her judgment, Mrs Yemisi Ojo, dissolved the
union and ordered the plaintiff to pay five
thousand naira monthly for the upkeep of the
child .
She also directed Omode to henceforth, pay
the child’s school fees himself. (NAN)

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