Sunday, June 1, 2014

20-yr-old Woman ordered to refund ₦30,000 dowry

A Grade 1 Area Court  in Aso Pada, Mararaba, Nasarawa State, has ordered a 20-year-old woman, Patience Kaka, to refund  the sum of N30,000 which was paid as her  bride price to her  ex-husband, Samson Ade, within seven days.

The judge, Mr Albert Maga, gave the order after counsel to Samson, Mr Idris Gadzama, told the court that Patience refused  to  adhere  to the court’s  order given  on April to pay back the dowry. 

He further  advised  Patience  to discuss with her relatives  on how to make the refund. 

Patience, a fuel attendant, had earlier  told the court  she had been ill for a month  and didn’t  have   enough money  to make a refund. 

“I want the court to give me up to next month to enable me pay back the N30,000 he paid as my bride price,’’ she said.   

Patience on November 14, 2012 instituted a divorce suit against Samson.

She told the court she was no longer interested in their marriage as she suspected that the husband intended to use her for rituals.

She also alleged that he didn’t  take good care of her and always maltreated her.

Samson denied the allegations and told the court, he still loved his wife.

On April 9, the court finally separated them and ordered Patience to  make a  refund of  the sum of  N30,000 paid as her bride price to Samson.

The court refused to grant  Patience the two-weeks grace to make the refund.  

“Illness is not an excuse not to obey a court order,” it  said.

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