A 24-year-old woman, Halimot Sano, has asked a Grade B Customary Court in Oshodi, Lagos, to dissolve her three-year-old marriage to her husband, Osokpor, over his refusal to pay her dowry.
Halimot, who accused her 27-year-old husband of laziness, said he failed in all aspects to cater for her needs the way a responsible man should do.
She told the court that her family members never supported her marriage to Osokpor but that she had no choice but to marry him because he impregnated her.
Halimot said,My parents do not like my husband at all, but I had to continue with the relationship because I was already pregnant for him.
Since we have been together in 2009, he has neither shown any serious passion to marry me nor gone to see my parents and pay the required dowry.
I was forced to move in with him in his elder brother’s one-room apartment when the pressure from my family was too much.
Halimot added that Osokpor beat her whenever she complained that he was not taking care of her and their daughter.
Osokpor, however, said he could not pay the dowry because of his present financial status, adding that he was still interested in the relationship.
Osokpor said, When she became pregnant for me, I had to drop out of school and I took to riding motorcycle for commercial purposes.
Sometimes in June 2011, my motorcycle was impounded by security operatives and since then I have been having financial problem.
My elder sister has promised to get me a new motorcycle and I think things will get better soonest.
But Halimot’s father, Isiaka Bello, told the court that he would not approve their marriage since Osokpor had not shown any regard for him and his family.
Bello’s emotion went high in court as he threatened to deal with Osokpor and his friend who was in court with him.
The Court President, Mrs. A.I. Olorunimbe, however, ordered Bello to write an undertaking that he would be held responsible should any harm befall Osokpor, his friend or the only child the union is blessed with.
Olorunimbe ordered all the parties to tread the path of peace and subsequently adjourned the case till May 2 for further hearing.