A middle-aged-man identified as Collins Nduka, on Thursday, April 30, 2015 pleaded with an Ojo Customary Court in Lagos State to order his wife, Sefinat Nduka, to refund N1.4 million he spent in marrying her.
Nduka told the court that his wife, whom he married three years ago, was unfaithful and had decided to abandon her matrimonial home for more than a year.
“I would want a refund of the amount that I spent as marriage and dowry expenses because she has become unfaithful.
“My wife is not faithful to the marriage because she has other relationships apart from me and I no more love her. After all, she has not given birth to any child for me.
“The most painful thing is that she has parked all my belongings in my house to an unknown place in addition to her emptying my shop which I stocked with over N750,000,” he said.
The aggrieved man further narrated how their union of three years was threatened as his wife seemed to have obviously lost interest in the marriage.
“I invited my friends from outside the country to make the marriage an expensive one and after it, she wants to leave me for another man, I need my dowry so she can be free,” Nduka said.
He pleaded with the court to dissolve the marriage and order Sefinat to return his belongings which she allegedly parked away and money to him so that he could continue with his life.
Sefinat, who did not show up at the court had earlier indicated her interest in getting a divorce while maintaining that she she did not cart away her husband’s property as he had alleged.
President, Chief Joseph Ogunmola, advised Nduka that divorce might not be the best alternative and urged him to invite his wife in court before a concensus would be reached on the matter.
He said, “The court does not dissolve any marriage except in extreme cases, we need the consent of both parties before judgment so she must be invited.”
Ogunmola, therefore, adjourned the case to Tuesday, May 19, 2015 for further hearing.