An Islamic teacher, Abdulrazak Adeniyi, has accused his wife, Barakat, of child abandonment and adultery, sequel to which he has sued for divorce.
Abdulrazak narrated to the court: “Just five months after Barakat gave birth to our first child, I discovered that she stopped breastfeeding the baby without notifying me.
“Within a twinkle of an eye, Barakat’s ex-lover started visiting her in my own home, especially anytime I was not around.
“Shortly, Barakat became pregnant and she shamefully abandoned my house because I had stopped making love with her by then.
“This is the reason the baby started feeding on custard and milk, which I usually provide.
“In fact, anytime I went to give Barakat money for the baby’s feeding, I usually see her secret lover in the same room with her.
“Therefore, Barakat is a pathological liar for branding me as irresponsible.
“I want to pray this honourable court to give me custody of the baby because I am capable of taking care of him in my school,” Abdulrazak said.
Earlier, Barakat, in her petition, had accused her husband of gross irresponsibility.
Barakat, a petty trader, told the court that her husband no longer loved her.
“My lord, Abdulrazak is such a wicked husband who doesn’t care about what happens to me and our child.
“For two weeks, he may not even ask about the baby’s welfare,” Barakat told the court.
The Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, where the case was determined on Monday, eventually dissolved the two-year marriage between Barakat and Abdulrazak over acts of infidelity and irresponsibility.
The court’s President, Suleiman Apanpa, held that the court took its decision in consonance with the wish and resolution of both parties, Barakat and Abdulrazak.
Apanpa held that, “In the interest of peace and tranquility, the union between Bakarat and Adulrazak has ceased to be.
“Custody of the one-and-a-half year-old child of the union is awarded to Barakat, while Abdulrazak shall pay a monthly allowance of N5,000 for the child’s upkeep.
“In addition, Abdulrazak is directed to give adequate attention to the child’s education and general welfare,” Apanpa said.