Woman Tries To Abandon Children In Court After Marriage Dissolution
Suriat Adewale's marriage of 15 years to Suleiman Adewale has been dissolved by an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court, Agodi-Ibadan in Oyo State.
After the decision, the court granted her custody of the children, but that turned the whole story around.
The President of the court, Mukaila Balogun, would have thought that every woman would love to keep her children, but Suriat is not willing to take that assumption.
She rejected custody of her 3 children including a 12-month-old baby and tried to abandon them at the court, apparently for the government.
Her reason is that she has no means of livelihood and would not be able to cater for them.
The two other children are aged 5 and 3, and she pleaded with the court to give them to their father.
The court did not entertain her plea.
Balogun said the kids were too young to be left in the custody of the husband, stressing that at that age, the mother was in the best position to take care of them effectively.
He also ordered the plaintiff to pay 10,000 Naira monthly to Suriat for the upkeep of the 2 children and for both parties to take responsibility of the kids’ welfare.
In the suit, the husband asked the court to dissolve the 15-year-old union on the grounds that Suriat was disrespectful and had abandoned her matrimonial home for five months, leaving behind the three children.
Adewale told the court that Suriat packed out of her matrimonial home sometimes in September 2016 with the kids but returned them last February.
“I pleaded with her to allow the children stay with her for proper care but she refused and asked me to look for a nanny who would take care of the children.
“It has not been easy for me since, because the third child was just 7 months old when she abandoned the kids for me.
“I pray the court to dissolve the union and also give her custody of the children so that I would be able to face my business and have money to take care of the children,” he pleaded.
In her defence, Suriat prayed the court not to dissolve the marriage, saying she was forced to leave her matrimonial home 9 months ago to avoid untimely death due to inhuman treatment by her husband.
“Adewale was in the habit of beating and accusing me of committing adultery; I decided to stay away from him, I intend going back to him when I see changes in his character,” the woman said.
She had to take the children away at the end of the scene she created after the ruling.