An Ado-Ekiti Customary Court in Ekiti State, has dissolved the
15-year-old marriage between Mercy Augustine and her husband, Linus
Augustine on grounds of frequent beatings,unruly behaviour, assault and
According to News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN), Mercy, a public servant had filed a divorce suit, accusing her
husband of maltreating, beating, and disgracing her in the presence of
She also said that her husband was dating other women.
mother of three, explained that since she left the house of the
respondent on August 31, 2013, he had refused to allow her visit the
children in his custody.
She appealed to the court to save the
future of her children by dissolving their marriage and awarding her
their custody for proper care.
The plaintiff prayed the court to dissolve her marriage and restrain her husband’s relatives from threatening her life.
Linus, a public servant, however, refuted all the allegations.
accused his wife of infidelity as he recalled catching her making love
with her male colleague on their matrimonial bed in April 2014.
said that he queried her over her wrong doing, but she showed no
remorse, but rather requested for a transfer to Ado-Ekiti, and left him
and the children in Lokoja, where they lived as at May, 2014.
to him, the wife once called to confess that she slept with three men
in Ado-Ekiti, adding that he reported the matter to elders in his
He agreed to the plaintiff’s plea for divorce and prayed the court to grant him custody of their three children.
The court president, Mrs Olayinka Akomolede, granted the request of both parties by dissolving their marriage.
She noted that the marriage had broken down irretrievably.
awarded custody of the three children to their father and ordered that
they be allowed to spend their long vacation holidays with their
The mother was also granted daily access to the children between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. without any restriction.
Akomolede further ordered that during the period of visitation, both parties must maintain peace.