Court dissolves marriage over genotype

Court dissolves marriage over genotype

The five-year-old marriage between a 32-year-old factory assistant, Tunde Oluwadiya and his wife, Ronke, has been dissolved by an Ikorodu Customary court, Lagos, because they have the same genotype, AS.

The marriage was dissolved after the president of the court, Mrs. Remilekun Adesanya, noted that all efforts to reconcile the couple proved abortive and directed the husband to pay N4,000 monthly for the feeding of the child as well as the medical and educational allowances of the child.

The wife, Ronke, a business woman urged the court to separate them saying: “my husband lied to me that his genotype was AA, but I later discovered that he was AS, while I am also AS. Luckily for us, we had a child that is AA. I don’t want him again because I don’t want to have a child with the genotype SS.”

In another development, a 40 year-old civil servant, Habeeb Idowu, has informed an Oshodi Customary Court in Lagos that his estranged wife of five years, Mutiat, was a serial divorcee, after seeking divorce for the third time.

According to the husband “she is a serial divorcee as I am her third husband and she has been jumping from one man to another. She is not content with the standard of living I offered her. I cannot allow my child to grow up with a wayward woman. I want to take up responsibility of my child as I want him to be well-trained.”

In his ruling, the Court president, Mrs I.A Olorunnimbe, granted the estranged couple free divorce, saying that it was evident that the couple could no longer remain together, as they had no more love to sustain the marriage. Granting the custody of the couple’s child to the husband, the court noted that the petitioner had no stable home and source of income to raise the child.

The court said: “The court cannot grant the custody of the child to the mother because she has no home as she lives with her 72 year-old mother. We cannot allow the old woman to be burdened with the responsibility of another grandchild because she is already taking care of two children belonging to the petitioner.”

However, the petitioner (Mutiat) while seeking for divorce had earlier told the court that her husband was irresponsible, adding that he abandoned her and their child for a long time and did not cater for their needs.

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