A Nigerian court based in the capital Abuja has ordered a 16-year-old girl, Maryam Suleiman, and her parents to refund N570,000(about $4,000) to her husband, Mukailu Naibi, over a fraudulent marriage.
The judge in the Area Court sitting in Lugbe, Haruna Masanawa, ruled
that Suleiman and her parents must refund the money to Naibi within 30
days. Masanawa also ordered that Naibi’s estranged wife, who had filed
for divorce, must remain married to him pending the full refund of the
“Based on the evidence before me, the court is convinced that the
plaintiff’s parents are dubious people that no child should be proud of.
They collected money from different suitors, all with the fraudulent
intention of marrying their daughter out to them; all of which turned
out to be fake promises.
“This honourable court hereby orders the plaintiff to pay the
defendant the sum of N570,000 before divorce is granted to her,’’
Naibi of Keke village, Kaduna, whose wife allegedly starved him of
sex for two years of their marriage, had demanded N1. 2 million as
compensation from the wife’s parents before he would agree to his wife’s
request for divorce.
Naibi, 37, while testifying in the case, said the amount covered the bride price he paid before marrying Suleiman.
He told the court that the amount also covered the cost of damage
done to his house after Suleiman set it on fire before filing for
divorce. Naibi tendered written documents with records of all expenses
made on his estranged wife and her parents, in addition to presenting a
witness who testified in his favour.
He told the court that his wife had refused to make love to him since they got married two years ago.
“Your worship, since we got married two years ago, my wife never
allowed me to make love to her for once and all my attempts to do it
always led to fighting.
“I married her out of love and I still love her, but with this
development, I have no choice, but to ask the court to grant her divorce
wish for the sake of peace,” Naibi said.
In her testimony, Suleiman said her husband had made love to her once but she was not impressed and so wanted divorce.
“I don’t love him; I don’t love anybody who bears his name and I hate anybody who loves him,” she told the court.
Naibi’s in-laws denied most of his claims.
-culled from 9jamayor