3rd August, 2012
The Assistant Director, Audit, at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Tajudeen Adenekan has thrown out his wife of 12 years, Kuburat because she gave birth to five girls and no boy.
Late last year, Tajudeen, 53, instituted a divorce action against Kuburat, 32, before an Alimosho Grade ‘B’ Customary Court, Igando, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
Kuburat said her problem started with him after he gave birth to five girls. She said Tajudeen started behaving strangely and sometimes he will forget condom inside his pocket and when she asked him about it, he will be harass her.
She said he later went to the customary court and filed a divorce suit which resulted in the dissolution of the marrige..
“If I had at least a male child, my husband would not have divorced me,” she said.
But her husband denied her claim and explained that he quit the marriage because of the alleged threat to his life by Kuburat and lack of love..
The battle was shifted on Wednesday after Kuburat dragged her enstranged husband to Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court in Lagos for stealing her property after he obtained judgment at the customary court.
The embittered woman from Isoko, Delta State, Southsouth Nigeria, and married to Adenekan from Abeokuta, Ogun State, southwest Nigeria, told the court that apart from Tajudeen throwing her out of her matrimonial home, she left the place empty-handed because he broke into her apartment and carted away all her property including the N100,000 alimony he paid her.
The customary court while dissolving the marriage, gave an order that the husband should allow her to carry her property in the presence of the court officials for her to start a new life.
But instead, her husband reportedly broke into her apartment and packed her property out and rented out the place. She reported the matter to the police.
Adenekan was arrested and charged before Ejigbo Court for stealing, contrary to Section 285 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
Some of her properties he allegedly carted away include assorted cloth, cooking utensils, gold and jewellery and N215, 000. The total amount of money she allegedly lost was N1,896,000.
When the charge was read to Adenekan in the open court, the presiding Magistrate, Mrs M. B. Folami observed that the defendant and complainant were husband and wife.
Mrs Folami wondered why the matter should come to court. Kuburat told the court that Tajudeen divorced her because she could not bear him a male child. She added that apart from him throwing her out of her marriage, he went ahead and broke her apartment and stole her property. She told the court that the five children are in his custody and they are not going to school.
Tajudeen denied all her allegations and told the court that he loved his children irrespective of their gender. He said he has been making efforts on how she will meet with the children at least once every week. He asked the court to intervene and resolve the matter peacefully.
Folami frowned at discrimination against gender, stressing that both male and femle children are useful once they are properly trained.
She told the parties to give room for the resolution of the matter because of the future of their children. She adjourned the matter till Friday (today) for a continuation of the resolution of the matter.