Woman Accuses Husband of Plans to Sell Child

A divorce-seeking woman, Esther Itba, has accused her husband of planning to sell one of their children.
She told an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court at Agodi in Ibadan on Monday that her husband planned selling one of their children to enable him pay dowry on her.
In a tone that stunned the court, she said: “My Lord, I kept on worrying him to pay my dowry until we had three children, but he refused until recently when he sought my approval to allow him to sell one of our three children to pay the dowry and formalise our marriage”
Esther told the court that Itba impregnated her sometimes in 2007 with a promise to pay her dowry later.
“I thought he was joking but kept on asking me to allow him to sell one of our kids if I wanted him to pay the money.
“Also I shouldered alone all the responsibilities for the feeding, school fees and other expenses of the three children.
“I, therefore, urged the court to dissolve the union because I can no longer trust him following his plan to sell one of our children,” she said.
Esther had approached the court seeking the dissolution of her 10-year-old “union” on the grounds of non-payment of dowry, ill-treatment and failure to carry out his responsibility.
The husband, Itba, denied the allegations, saying he had paid the dowry and also formalised his union with Esther.
He also denied any plan to sell one of his children for any purpose but described Esther as a troublesome woman, who never respected him as a husband.
He, however, objected to the dissolution of the marriage, saying “I do not want the children to suffer”.
The President of the court, Chief Mukaila Balogun, adjourned the case for a possible settlement.
The case was adjourned until Sept. 6.

Author: News Editor

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