10th March, 2011
The Kabong Upper Area Court II in Jos on Wednesday dissolved the marriage between Rose Adama and John Okwori, both residents of Jos, over the latterâ€™s brutality to the former.
Adama, a military employee, had sought the dissolution due to the lack of peace and understanding in the marriage that produced two sons.
She claimed that the defendant had continued to maltreat and beat her up â€œat the slightest excuse,â€ a situation she said she could no longer tolerate.
The plaintiff also accused her husband of not providing money for the upkeep of the family, a situation she said had caused untold hardship to her and the children.
Okwori, who did not contest the wifeâ€™s claims, urged the court to grant her request, but declared that he married her legally and was, therefore, entitled to the custody of his two children.
In her ruling, presiding judge Ladi Nyako said the court would dissolve the marriage since the defendant had formally written asking it to grant the womanâ€™s prayers.
â€œThere is nothing else for the court to say other than to grant the wish of the plaintiff.
â€œThe marriage between you (Rose) and John is hereby dissolved; you are no longer husband and wife,â€ she ruled.
The judge was, however, silent on the issue of custody of the offspring.