A Customary court sitting in Idi-Ogungun in Agodi Ibadan on Tuesday, saw a mild drama when a woman, Suriat Adewale, rejected custody of her three children, including a 12-month-old baby, saying she has no means of taking care of them.
Earlier, the President of the court Chief Mukaila Balogun had dissolved the union between Suriat Adewale and Suleiman Adewale with an order that the three kids of the couple remain in the custody of Suriat.
In his judgment, Balogun said the children were too young to be left in the custody of the husband, stressing that the mother, Suriat was in the best place to cater and most especially look after them at that age.
He then ordered that the plaintiff to pay N10,000 monthly to Suriat for the upkeep of the three children and for both parties to take responsibility for the children’s welfare.
In the divorce suit, the husband asked the court to dissolve the 15-year-old union on the grounds that Suriat was disrespectful and had abandoned her matrimonial home for five months, leaving behind the three children.
He further stressed that he pleads with her to allow the children stay with her for proper care, but she refused and asked him to look for a nanny for the children.
“It has not been easy for me since because the third child was just seven months old when she abandoned the children Adewale added.
In defence, Suriat pleads that the court should not dissolve the marriage. She said she left her matrimonial home nine months ago to avoid untimely death due to inhuman treatment by her husband.
In her words: “Adewale was in the habit of beating and accusing me of adultery. I decided to stay away from him; I intend going back to him when I see changes in his character.”