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Courts dissolve 52 marriages in Kwara

02 January 2013, 15:49

Kwara - No fewer than 52 marriages were dissolved by  courts in Omu-Aran in 2012, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Some of the reasons adduced for the dissolution included  lack of love between the parties, desertion, irresponsibility and uncaring attitude.

Other reasons adduced  were  infidelity, cruelty, battery and drunkenness.

NAN reports that of the 86 cases filed, 30 traditional marriages were dissolved by the Area Court while the remaining  22 court marriages were dissolved  by  the Upper Area Court and High Court.

NAN investigation, however, revealed that incidence of marriage dissolution in the area was on the decline   when compared to the 57  recorded in the 75 cases filed  in 2011.

Incessant irreconcilable marriage differences, NAN also  gathered,  had  become a source of worry to magistrates and judges.

Mr Abolade Banigbe, an Area Court judge,  told NAN that in spite of the slight  decrease recorded between 2011 and 2012, the trend had  posed a great challenge to the judiciary within the community.

He said there was the need for government to strengthen the services of  the Citizen's Mediation and Conciliation Centre, especially at  the grass roots.

``It is a worrisome spate of unresolved and irreconcilable marriages differences leading to eventual dissolution, particularly at the grass roots.

``The problem is that judges have had to adjourn to allow for amicable settlement between parties on several occasions which unfortunately we can not partake in.

``I think there is urgent need to encourage and empower the mediators in Alternative Dispute Resolution Centres  in the state capitals to extend their services to the rural communities.

``This will probably reduce  the ugly trend of marriage dissolution being experienced  in  recent times,’’ he said.

Banigbe noted that the country had  been facing a lot of  security challenges arising from the high number of children from broken homes engaging in crime.

``It is a problem government at all levels need to address and accord top priority to resolve the security challenges confronting the nation as we enter the new year,” Banigbe said.

NAN

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