A court clerk with Isolo Magistrates’ Court, Abdulrasheed-Olakunle Agboola, has asked a Lagos Island Customary Court to dissolve his five-year-old marriage to Amudalat Agboola due to the current economic recession.
The couple got married in 2011, and have a child together. Amudalat was previously married and has two children for her ex-husband who she lost to death.
She told the court that Agboola is a dupe and posed as a judge to win her heart having promised to help her secure hers and late husband’s property from her in-laws.
She said, “My husband lied to me that he was a Magistrate, but I got to know that he was a Court Registrar when he brought me to this court for dissolution.
“My late husband, Adulhakeem Aderoju and I met and got married in Saudi Arabia, where I was selling clothes and he was washing cars.
“We hustled together to buy landed property here in Nigeria. I later relocated here with our two daughters to establish my boutique business but he was still in Saudi.
“He died on Oct. 4, 2010, and that was when my problem started.
“My in-laws sold our two cars, raided the house and took away our belongings including documents of our property.
“I only had the documents of the four bedroom flat that we occupied and decided to lock up the house and moved to my friend’s house at Igbosere where i saw Agboola again at the Magistrate Court.
“Our first meeting was when he came to condole with me at Mowe where l lived with my late husband. He came with members of the Community Development Association as the chairman.
“He said he heard all that happened to me and that if I moved close to people like him, as a Magistrate he would help me get back all my in-laws had taken from me.
“He duped me of my belongings to the point that i now sell ‘Paraga’ in the same shop I used to sell imported clothes. He also persuaded me to give the key of the house to my in-laws.”
She prayed the court to help her recover from Agboola and her in-laws what they conspired to take from her including her late husband’s property.
The Court President, Mr Awos Awosola, who expressed anger at how Agboola treated Amudalat said the case will be referred to higher court because it is about impersonation and fraud.
His word, “You changed her story from grace to grass, a boutique owner turned `Paraga’ seller, you took her from a four bedroom apartment to a `face me I face you’.
“This case will still be referred to a higher court because it is a case to impersonation and fraud.
“Now that you have wrecked her, you want to have nothing to do with her and you blame it on recession.”
Awosola adjourned the case to Jan. 1, 2017, for further hearing on the matter.