Thursday 3 January 2013

Wife Seeks Divorce Two Days Into Marriage


This might make the Kim Kardashians and Britney Spears of this world green with envy as they now have a contemporary here in Nigeria who holds the unofficial title of shortest-lived marriage – two days.
It was a ‘win-win’ situation for Babaginda Dan-Auta of Maraban Jos and Laure Sulaiman when they got their wish yesterday from a Kaduna Sharia Court II, Magajin Gari, to dissolve their two-day-old marriage but under the condition that the bride, Laure, pay back the dowry she collected.
While Laure had on December 10 last year approached the court to dissolve the marriage, saying she was no longer in love with Dan-Auta, the groom claimed that she lied about the number of kids she had from a previous union.
According to Laure’s husband, though she told him she had three kids, he later found out that she had given birth to eight children.
He noted that the woman left their home two days after the wedding, asking him to divorce her.
In her own arguement, Laure had told the court: “I don’t love him and I want this court to grant me divorce. I am ready to return the N10,000 he paid as dowry. I cannot be obedient to him as a wife.’’
Dan-Auta disputed the wife’s claim on the amount paid as dowry.
He said that he paid N17, 000 and not N10,000.
The Khadi, Malam Ibrahim Inuwa, had adjourned the case three times before granting the request for divorce.
He had earlier given the couple up to yesterday to reconcile their differences but the couple opted for divorce instead saying they were unable to resolve their differences.
Inuwa, therefore, ordered Laure to pay back the N17,000 dowry by tomorrow (January 4) following which the union could be legally dissolved.

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