A man, Mr. Ekwene Itba, in desperation to pay the bride price of his wife 10 years after impregnating her and beguiling her into cohabitation, he is planning to sell one of his children to pay the bride price. Esther Itba told an Idi-Ogungun Customary Court at Agodi in Ibadan on Monday.
“My Lord, I kept on worrying him to pay my dowry until we had three children, but he refused until recently when he sought my approval to allow him to sell one of our three children to pay the dowry and formalize our marriage,”
Esther told the Court that Itba made love to her in 2007 and also got her pregnant with a promise to pay her dowry later.
Esther is currently seeking a dissolution of her marriage to Itba on the grounds on non-payment of dowry, ill-treatment, and failure to carry out his responsibility.
“I thought he was joking but kept on asking me to allow him to sell one of our kids if I wanted him to pay the money.
“Also I shouldered alone all the responsibilities for the feeding, school fees and other expenses of the three children.
“I, therefore, urged the court to dissolve the union because I can no longer trust him following his plan to sell one of our children,” she said.
Mr. Itba said he had paid the dowry and also formalized his union, and also denying all the allegation against him.
He described Esther as a troublesome woman, who never respected him as a husband.
The President of the court, Chief Mukaila Balogun, adjourned the case for a possible settlement.
He said the court was more interested in settlement of marriage disputes rather than dissolution, urging the couple to resolve their differences.
The case was adjourned until September 6