Court Orders Wife To Refund Dowry To Husband As 19-Year Old Marriage Collapses 

Posted on May 25, 2023
AISHA ABUBAKAR 
 
The Presiding Judge, Gambo Garba, of Upper Area Court in Zuba, Abuja, has ordered a housewife, Mrs. Alimi Aladejana, to deposit her bride price before the Court over the dissolution of her 19-year old marriage with her husband in, FCT, Abuja.
P.M.EXPRESS reports that Justice Gambo dissolved the marriage according to the Islamic Law following Alimi’s prayer for divorce on grounds of lack of love.
While dissolving the married, Gambo said that Aladejana refused to appear in Court for once and did not send a message or representative to the Court.
He held that the attitude of the respondent clearly showed he had no respect for the Court nor love for the petitioner but wanted to torment and oppress her.
The judge then ordered the petitioner to refund the dowry of N‎20,000 to the registry of the Court, which would be kept for the respondent to collect, and dissolved the marriage under khuli in Islamic Law.
Khuli is a procedure through which a woman can divorce herself from her husband in Islam by returning the dowry and everything she received from him during their life together, or without returning anything, as agreed by the spouse or judge.
Justice Gambo said that filing a case of custody of children or maintenance while in marriage is premature and ordered the petitioner to file the same afresh.
Earlier, the petitioner had told the Court that she got married to the respondent under the Islamic Law in 2004 and was blessed with six children ages 19, 18, 14,12, 9 and 4.
She said that since she got married, the respondent had been living in Ekiti State while she stayed in Abuja, where he visited from time to time.
An embittered Mrs. Alimi further stated that she was tired of the marriage and all efforts made to make it work proved abortive.
She however, begged the Court to dissolve the marriage on grounds of lack of love under khuli, in order to protect her faith.
The petitioner also sought the Court to mandate the respondent to take responsibility for providing shelter, food, clothing and other necessities for their children.
The Court consequently dissolved the marriage accordingly and asked the husband to come to the Court and collect the dowry he paid.

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