Kwara - A drama took place on Friday at an Omu-Aran Area Court in Kwara as a
couple engaged in an argument over the name of their first child.
argument occurred during conclusion of hearing in a
divorce suit filed by Esther Gbadeyan of the Oro town in Kwara
whose marriage to Yinka was eventually dissolved. Esther, a court clerk,
had filed the suit on Dec. 24, saying that she was no longer in her
marriage to Yinka and that she was already in another
She had accused Yinka of irresponsibility, battery and
lack of care. At the resumed hearing in the case, Esther submitted that
the marriage contracted in 2003 was blessed with a boy and a girl whose
names she gave as Odunayo, aged nine years
and Praise, seven. In his response, Yinka said the first child’s name
was Odunola and not Odunayo.
He told the court that he had a valid birth
certificate of the boy to authenticate his claim. At that point, Esther
interrupted and insisted that the boy’s name
was Odunayo. This resulted in an argument between the couple, a
development that compelled the judge, Abolade Banigbe, to stop the
proceedings for a while. When the situation came under control, Yinka
resumed his evidence with denial of all the allegations
made by his wife.
He claimed that he once caught his wife in an illicit
affair with another man in their matrimonial home.
"That incident led
to a scuffle and I was hit with an object in the head in the process. My effrontery of having confronted the intruder
infuriated my wife; hence, the reason for her filing for divorce,” he
Yinka urged the court to dissolve the union and grant him custody
of the children. In his judgment, Banigbe reprimanded Esther for
relating with another man without formally dissolving
her marriage with Yinka.
"I will not deceive you; you are taking a
risk. Should any man be killed or murdered as a result of your action
or inaction in your home, you are on your own,” Banigbe warned. He held
that evidence before the court showed that there
was no love anymore between the couple.
"I have no other options than
to dissolve the marriage,’’ he said. The judge, however, advised Yinka
to file an application for custody of the children at the appropriate