My husband claims he is not the father of our fourth child

A 35-year-old housewife, Azeez Yemisi, on Tuesday urged an Ado-Ekiti Customary Court to dissolve her 15-year-old marriage to her husband, Kehinde, for alleged desertion, lack of care for her and the children. Yemisi, a resident of No. 10, Odo-Ado, Ado-Ekiti, told the court that whenever had no money, it was their neighbour that always assisted to transport her children to school.

The mother of three said that she had been responsible for the feeding of the children as well as the payment of their first daughter’s school fees. She said her husband packed out of the house, adding that there had been a dispute between her and the husband over the paternity of their fourth child.

Yemisi said the husband claimed that he was not the father of the fourth child. She told the court that kehinde had remarried and had also packed to his second wife’s house. She, therefore, prayed the court to dissolve the marriage. The respondent, Kehinde, 45, a resident of No. 97 Idemo, Ado-Ekiti, told the court that he had been performing his duties as a father to his children.

He said his wife got pregnant for another man under his roof and he did not take any action till she gave birth to the child. “I did the naming ceremony of the child under the pretence that I am the father of the child, but later got to know that the child was not mine,’’ he said. He told the court there was a ‎day he came back from work to meet a man he was told that always visited his wife.

Kehinde said the man was responsible for the pregnancy of his wife, adding that he also rented an apartment for her. He prayed the court to award him the custody of his children, Rashidat,14, Wasiu, 11, and Okiki, six. The President of the court, Mr Joseph Ogunsemi, after hearing from both parties adjourned the case to Jan. 25, 2016 for judgment.

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