Court ends 5-year-old marriage over son’s paternity

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An Ikorodu Customary Court in Lagos State has dissolved a five-year-old marriage between a commercial motorcyclist, Ibrahim Adedeji and his wife, after a DNA test revealed the paternity of their child.

The Court President, Mrs Funmi Adeola, ordered that the couple should go their separate ways as the DNA test had revealed that the motorcyclist was not the father of the child.

She however advised that Adedeji may adopt the child legally, if he so wishes.

Adeola ruled that the man was free to return the child to his ex-wife, so that she could take the child to his rightful father.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the petitioner had in Nov. 2017, filed a divorce suit against his wife, whom he suspected of having extra marital affairs.

Adedeji said he had doubt on the paternity of the five-year-old boy delivered for him by his wife shortly after their marriage.

He insisted that the boy resembles his wife ex-boyfriend.

“I don’t believe the child belongs to me, he doesn’t look like me, and he resembles the other man; I have seen them together and thereafter, she became pregnant,” the petitioner, a resident of Gberigbe community told the court.

But the 26-year-old wife, Rukayat, denied the allegations, insisting that Adedeji was the biological father of the child.

“Truly, he saw me with my ex-boyfriend at an open place and since then he has been suspecting me. Fortunately, I became pregnant thereafter.

“But I want my son back as I am no longer interested in the marriage,” she pleaded.(NAN)

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