Divorce 'My husband has a wife, 6 kids' - Fashion designer tells court

Woman seeks divorce from husband after she learns of his previous marriage and six children.

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A fashion designer seeking divorce told a Jikwoyi Customary Court in Abuja, that her husband has a wife and six kids without her knowledge.

During the divorce proceedings on Tuesday, November 15, the complainant, Mrs Lydia Dallah said that she only discovered her husband, Yakubu’s previous marriage after she married him, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

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Testifying during her divorce suit, the fashion designer said:

“He never told me that he had an existing marriage with six children.

“It was after I got married to him that I discovered the whole truth about him; whenever I told him to let me go, he threatened my life,” Lydia said.

NAN reports that the court also heard that Mrs Dallah was beaten by her husband with a standing fan for seeking a divorce.

“He even destroyed some valuables in the house; I was rescued by our neighbours who heard me shouting and crying out for help.

“I later sought medical attention in a nearby pharmacy, and reported the incident to the police who then invited him,” she said.

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Mrs Dallah also said that the case had earlier been reported to her family as well as their church in hopes that it would be resolved, all to no avail.

“My family and our pastor advised us, pleaded with him and sought to know what he wanted, to grant me divorce.

“He said that he wanted the two children of the marriage.

“I beg this court to dissolve my marriage and grant me the custody of my children."

However, Yakubu denied all the allegations levelled against him. Mr Labaran Gusau who presided over the case, adjourned until November 16, for further hearing.

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