Court dissolves 17-year-old marriage, orders woman to pay N10,000 to ex-husband

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A Gudu Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Friday dissolved a 17-year-old marriage between Hajara Ibrahim and Ibrahim Tanko, and ordered her to payN10,000 to her ex-husband to free herself.

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The judge, Mallam Isah Imam, said Tanko who claimed he was still in love with Hajara was granted enough time for settlement, which did not yield positive results.

He said Tanko and his counsel were absent in court severally,adding that where there is disagreement between parties, the judge has discretion to decide on the matter.

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Imam, however, dissolved the marriage by way of `Khuli,’ adding that any aggrieved party can appeal to the Sharia Court of Appeal within 30 days from Oct. 21.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that under Islamic law, Khuli is when a woman seeking divorce returns the dowry.

Hajara in her claims accused Tanko of negligence, battery and lack of love.

She agreed to refund N5, 000 which was paid on her as dowry and pleaded with the court to grant divorce by way of Khuli.

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The marriage produced four children.

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