A CUSTOMARY Court in Oshodi has adjourned till August 10, 2012 a suit filed by Mrs.Nkechinyere Oluma Obi seeking dissolution of her nine-year-old marriage contracted under the native law and which has produced four children.
The petitioner said she filed the suit on the grounds that the “respondent is married to another woman, desertion by her husband and their children, regular assault and that there was no more love to sustain the union.”
At the continued hearing on Wednesday, the petitioner’s counsel, Mr. Felix Olatunji told the court that the respondent had taken positive steps towards getting accommodation for the petitioner but that the area of maintenance remained a main concern.
The petitioner confirmed to the court that the respondent had got her accommodation but that it was not well- furnished.
She said there was no good furniture, no good stove, and that the television did not receive signals because it had no antenna.
She agreed there was a mattress and fan in the new place.
She also told the court that the respondent refused to pay N10, 000.00 as monthly maintenance allowance but was paying N5,000.00.
The petitioner also told the court that the landlady was not happy with her since the respondent did not introduce her as his wife, adding that he had not paid his dues in the house such as the electricity bill, security fee and the sweepers’ fee.
The respondent, Mr. Chukwudi Obi, a trader, told the court he would still furnish the apartment but that his place of business had been demolished and he was yet to pick up once more.
He said the monthly allowance was reduced because he bought foodstuffs for the respondent and thus paid N5,000.00.
He also said he had cleared the outstanding bills with the landlady and had plans for his children, adding that he tried to set the petitioner up in some business but she refused.
The petitioner, however, asked the court, to tell the respondent to tell the lady living with him to stop insulting her on the phone whenever she called him.
The court president, Mrs. A. I. Olorunimbe, thereafter, said since the petitioner’s counsel had confirmed that the respondent had done what the court asked of him, the maintenance fee remained the outstanding issue.
She told the petitioner to bring her daughter back to the house and that the respondent should continue to pay the sum of N10,000 monthly.
She also ordered that the furniture should be good and an antenna be installed for the television set before the next sitting.