Housewife faints as judge declines dissolving six-year marriage

A housewife in Bauchi, Aishatu Suleiman, on Tuesday collapsed in court after a judge refused to dissolve her six-year-old marriage to her husband.

She had filed the request before an Upper Shariah Court 4, Bauchi, asking that the court should dissolve her marriage with her husband, Umar MaiAuduga, over alleged maltreatment and humiliation.

During the court’s sitting on Tuesday, the presiding judge, Malam Bello Sambo refused the petitioner’s request.

He said the court in the previous sittings directed the guardians of the couple to discuss and come up with a resolution on whether the marriage should be terminated or not while considering Islamic principles of amicable reconciliation.

When the judge asked the couple’s guardians what their resolution was, they presented a written statement that the couple agreed that their marriage should not be dissolved.

But the petitioner stood up and shouted, “It’s not true! That was not what we agreed on,” as she started crying.

Afterwards, the judge declared that the court had accepted the five paragraph resolution brought by the representatives of the couple.

He ruled that the couple should forgive each other and remain together.

Immediately he spoke, Aishatu collapsed. Her mother and brother who were outside the courtroom were asked to take her out.

The counsel for the defendant, Zakariya Aliyu Libata, told the judge that there were journalists in the courtroom and pleaded with him to mandate them (journalists) not to report what transpired in the court.

The judge however, rejected his request, saying, “So long as this court was open to everyone to be a part of this proceeding, I cannot ask anyone not to tell people outside what transpired in the court.”

Counsel for the plaintiff, Nasiru Balan-Malam, expressed surprise at what was presented to the court by the two representatives.

“All we wanted was to pay compensation to her husband so that the marriage could be dissolved, but you heard the judgement. We will appeal the judgement,” he added

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