A Customary Court in Ekiti, on Wednesday, dissolved a 32-year-old marriage between. Oladipo Ogunleye and his wife, Adeola Falade over failure to pay dowry.
The President of the Court, Yemisi Ojo, dissolved the union on the grounds that Ogunleye beats Falade.
Delivering judgment, Ojo held that it is evident that no marriage exists between the parties but a mere cohabitation.
She ordered both parties to go their separate ways as they stand unmarried.
Earlier, the petitioner, Ogunleye, 61, and a mechanic, in his evidence stated that there is no marriage between him and the respondent but they have five children.
The petitioner told the court that while they were living together, he was fully responsible for the upkeep of the home and the children but since the respondent left with the children, he ceased to be responsible for their welfare.
Ogunleye, however, prayed to the court for the dissolution of his association with the respondent and the same time, solicits for the custody of his fifth child.
Falade, 48, a public servant, denied the allegations.