A 29-year-old medical student, Mrs Ariyike Adebiyi, has appealed to an Agege Customary Court, Lagos, to dissolve her marriage to her husband because he was a dropout.
Ariyike, a student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun, told the court on Tuesday, that her marriage to 33-year-old Femi was a mirage as he had used charm to compel her to marry him.
She said, “I can’t imagine myself married to a dropout, if not that he charmed me. My marriage to Femi is nothing but a mirage.
“I wanted to use Femi as my case study when I was writing my project, but it turned out to this mess. My family did not allow me to go with him after our engagement ceremony. I packed my things to his house two months after the engagement and was maltreated by his family,” she said.
She added that her husband drinks, smokes Indian hemp and comes home late at night, but she stayed on in the marriage because she was pregnant. When she gave birth, her mother was the one that settled the bills as her husband did not show up at the hospital.
Femi, an estate agent had told the court that his parents-in-law prevented his wife from following him to his house after their engagement, adding that they prevented him from seeing his wife and child.
“I want the court to dissolve the union and grant me the access to my child,” he prayed.
Ariyike is also seeking the custody of their one-year-old child.
The Court President, Mr Emmanuel Sokunle, told the couple to maintain the peace, and adjourned the case to Nov. 5 for judgment.