Segun Ayigba, a Nigerian man, who is based in the United States of America, has filed for divorce from Florence, his wife in Lagos.
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During sitting on Wednesday at the Ikorodu Division High Court 1, counsel to the plaintiff, R.O Esomone, said Florence has been selling properties belonging to Segun, on the allegation that he has not been sending money to her regularly.
Esemone told the court that contrary to the claim, his client had been sending money regularly to his Nigerian wife, until he learnt that she has been selling his properties, including cars he left in Nigeria.
However, Florence, during cross-examination by the plaintiff’s counsel, said she laboured with her estranged husband to acquire a plot of land, where they built a three-bedroom flat and another twin two-bedroom flat in the Oreyo area of Ikorodu in 2012.
She also stated that they acquired another plot of land on No 10, Olonode Street, Igbogbo/Baiyeku, Ikorodu, in 2014, where they built a pure water factory, and a storey building of four flats, with the latter yet to be completed.
According to her, Segun was hustling when she married him in 2010, but he became prosperous shortly after their marriage, which is yet to produce a child.
Florence lamented that her husband travelled to the US in 2015, and has not returned to Nigeria since then. She further said Segun has four children with another woman in the US, leaving her hopeless.
She noted that her husband stopped taking care of her, which prompted her to sell some of their properties for her upkeep.
When asked by Esemone, if she has the right to sell some of the properties, she retorted:
“Yes because we worked together to get those things before he travelled out. I gave him about N300,000 at a time, then there were days I paid for bags of cement and other things.
“I attended and graduated from Tara house of fashion in June 2013. So I was doing my make-up stuff and was selling Shoes, clothing and fabrics, so I made N80,000 to N100,000 on the average every month”.
When also asked if she has any evidence to show that she contributed to the properties, whose documents bear the husband’s name alone, she replied “No”.
“Do you expect me to ask my husband to come and sign one agreement that I gave him certain amount of money to build our property?”.
The judge, Honourable Justice L.B Lawal-Akapo, asked the plaintiff’s counsel to call his witness.
But Esemode disclosed that the witness was the plaintiff’s father, who he said has returned to the US where he also lives, after his flight to Lagos was diverted to Ghana because of the landing problems at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport.
Lawal-Akapo, mandated the counsel to produce the witness, or find an alternative witness before the next proceeding on the matter.
The judge adjourned the case until March 11, 18, 2020, and April, 1, 6, 2020 for further hearing.