School Registrar Agrees to Divorce, Says Half Salary Affecting His Family

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Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo

A Customary court sitting in Iwara-Ijesa, Osun State has dissolved a marriage of 15 years as the husband declared that half salary that the government is paying was responsible for poor performance in his marriage life.

The applicant, Mrs. Oluitan Folashade, had approached the court for divorce, saying her husband, Oluitan Abraham Adelusi, had neglected her for almost four years.

The applicant alleged that they were frequently fighting and there was lack of care on the part of her husband, urging the court to desperate them.

She said her husband had been staying with his first wife, neglecting her and their 13 and 9-year-old children.
She explained that her husband had also refused to pay her dowry because she moved into his house without legal marriage.

When Adelusi was asked if he would agree to the divorce, he explained that he had been discharging his duty until 2015 when the government started paying half salary.

Adelusi who said he is a Senior Registrar in one of the state’s institutions, noted that he had never attempted to beat his wife since they met in the last 15 years.

He, however, urged the court to separate them, noting that his wife was obviously tired of the marriage.

The president of the court, O. K. Sulaeman, asked Adelusi if he still loves his children and how much would he afford to give them.
However, Adelusi agreed to be paying N10,000 every month till the economy improves and the government begins to pay full salary.

The court thereby dissolved the marriage, saying the two children should be in custody of the applicant while the respondent ensures the payment of N10,000 every month for the maintenance of the children.