Two UI Lecturers Appear Before Court, Agree to End 20-Year-Old Marriage

A Lecturer of the University of Ibadan, Dr. Biliki Babarinde on Wednesday petitioned a “Grade A’’ Customary Court in Ibadan, to dissolve her 20-year-old marriage to Prof. Sikiru Adekola.

She insisted that the marriage must be dissolved, alledging her estranged spouse of maltreatment and promiscuity.

Babarinde who teaches at the University’s Department of Library, Archival and Information Studies, informed the court that the marriage which was contracted on March 2, 2002 and produced three children, had broken down irretrievably.

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The plaintiff however urged the court to restrain Prof. Adekola from harassing, molesting and intimidating her and also to grant her the custody of the three children.

She also appealed to the court to order Prof. Adekola to bear the full responsibility for the payment of school fees, books, feeding and medical expenses of the children.

Dr. Babarinde also urged the court to order Prof. Adekola to pay N100,000 monthly for feeding the children and N120,000, also monthly as their wardrobe allowance.

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At Wednesday proceeding, Prof. Adekola told the court that he was not opposed to the dissolution of the marriage.

Prof. Adekola who teaches at the Department of Early Childhood and Educational Foundation, Faculty of Education, also at the University of Ibadan, spoke through his counsel, Yusuf Anikulapo.

Mr Anikulapo told the court, however, that he had filed an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court.

Objecting to the move, Olufemi Adegboroye, Counsel to Dr. Babarinde, said Prof. Adekola raised some new points in his counter-affidavit that were not in the originating summons.

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He told the court that he was just served with the counter-affidavit and required time to respond to it and subsequently asked the court for an adjournment.

The court’s president, R. Gbadamosi, has therefore adjourned the case till April 11, for hearing of the preliminary objection.


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