Nigeria: Court Dissolves Four-Year-Old Marriage Due to Irreconcilable Differences

Nigeria: Court Dissolves Four-Year-Old Marriage Due to Irreconcilable Differences

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In a recent ruling by the Upper Area Court in Kubwa, Abuja, a four-year-old marriage between Musa Habeeb, a businessman, and his wife, Mulikat Shuaibu, was dissolved citing irreconcilable differences. The presiding judge, Muhammad Wakili, made the decision in accordance with Islamic laws after Habeeb petitioned the court for divorce.

During the proceedings, Habeeb explained that he had initiated divorce proceedings in 2023, but Shuaibu had refused to vacate their shared residence. He further elaborated that he had obtained a divorce letter from the court on December 18, 2023, with the assistance of his legal counsel, Abdulwaheed Yakubu.

In response, Shuaibu’s counsel, Sherifdeen Bello, argued that the divorce was invalid as it hadn’t followed proper Islamic procedures. Bello contended that Shuaibu had not observed the “Iddah,” a mandatory waiting period of three months before a woman can remarry, as per Islamic law. Additionally, Bello highlighted that Habeeb had neglected his financial responsibilities towards Shuaibu, particularly during her pregnancy, until the matter was brought before the court.

Despite these arguments, the court ruled in favor of Habeeb, ordering Shuaibu to vacate the shared residence upon delivery of her child. Furthermore, the judge instructed Habeeb to secure suitable accommodation for Shuaibu and their children, subject to inspection by court officials.

The dissolution of marriages due to irreconcilable differences is a recurring phenomenon in contemporary society, often necessitating legal intervention to ensure a fair and equitable resolution for all parties involved. As such, this case serves as a reminder of the complexities inherent in marital relationships and the importance of upholding legal procedures in resolving disputes.

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