Lagos—The presiding President of a Lagos Customary Court sitting at Agboyi/Ketu, Mr. O. T. Williams, yesterday advised women to always do proper investigation before going into marriage.
He said this while dissolving the marriage of a 38-year-old business
woman, Nnenna Nwokonko, which she contracted with her estranged husband,
Kelechi Nwokonko, over deceit.
The petitioner had, on October 28, asked the court to dissolve her
six-year-old marriage over alleged threat to life and assault, adding
that the relationship was also built on deceit.
She said: “He lied to me that he is a graduate of Mass Communication
from the University of Lagos and that he is financially buoyant, only
for me to discover that he is just a school certificate holder without
any genuine means of income.”
Nnenna presented as evidence text and WhatsApp messages the respondent, Mr. Nwokon-ko, allegedly sent her.
One of them read: “I will destroy you with my mouth. I have seen a
man coming out of your house; I have declared war on you and your
family. If I see you on the streets, I will disgrace you. I am prepared
for war, shameless dog.”
The respondent did not deny the allegations of deceit or assault, but
told the court that he was not interested in divorcing his wife.
“After consultation with my family and pastors on the implications of
divorce and the effect it will have on our child, I no longer want to
divorce my wife,” he said.
When the court asked Nnenna if she was willing to consider the respondent’s plea, she said no.
The President then dissolved the marriage, saying that there was
obviously no more love and that threat to life had been proven without
The court, however, told the respondent to appeal within 30 days if he was not happy with the decision.