A Jos Upper Area Court on Thursday dissolved the marriage between 27-year-old Rukayat Ahmed and Alkasim Ahmed, following a petition filed by the former.

Rukayat, a resident of Jos, had approached the court seeking the dissolution of the marriage on the grounds that the love she felt had dried up.

The woman, who filed a direct complaint to the court, argued that such separation is permissible in Islamic law, “if the partners are no more in love and therefore unwilling to live together”.

When the case was mentioned on May 25, the husband did not object to Rukayat’s demand.

At the resumption of hearing on the matter on Thursday, the Judge, Yahaya Ahmed, endorsed the separation of the couple and ordered the petitioner to refund the N80,000 paid as dowry by her husband, as applicable in Islamic law.

Rukayat, a member of the National Youth Service Corp, promptly paid the money and walked away.