Her presentation before the court had all the trappings of a rib cracker, but 17-year-old housewife, Khadija, was not joking at all. With a frown face and a frazzled voice, she vowed not to return to husband’s house. Instead, she demanded to be paid for the number of times she had sex with her husband “I’m not interested in marriage again. Let him pay me for the three times he had sex with me.” she stunned the presiding judge at the Kubwa Grade I Area Court, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Khadija got married to her husband, Abubakar Aliyu in June 2020 and the marriage only lasted for three weeks before she dumped her marital vows. According to her father, Mohammed Musa, Khadija’s action was a jigsaw puzzle. He told the court that his daughter stayed in her matrimonial home for three weeks before leaving.
“The day she ran away, Abubakar called me on phone to inform me and I confirmed that she travelled to her siblings in Kaduna.
“All efforts made by us to arrange a meeting with Abubakar to settle the issue failed. I was later served the court summons,” Mohammed said.
He added that his daughter was not forced into the marriage because she introduced Abubakar to him herself.
Abubakar, however said he wanted his wife back home but if she still refused, he would demand that her family pay back all he spent for their wedding.
He stated that he started courting Kadija in 2015, got married to her on June 15, 2020 and that she left home on June 20.
Kadija in response said Abubakar had sexual intercourse with her three times during her three weeks in matrimony, adding that he should also pay her back for it.
In his ruling, the presiding judge, Muhammad Adamu ordered Khadija to return to her husband since she was not forced into the union. He further held that Khadija, in her testimony admitted to introducing her 51- year- old husband, Abubakar Aliyu, to her parents as her fiancé before they eventually got married.
Adamu, however, made his ruling based on the petition brought before him by Abubakar, adding that any party that is not satisfied can file fresh processes in court.