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Evil, ungodly, senseless- Ondo judge blasts Igbo tradition after woman changed surname of kids to her new husband because he paid her bride price

Written by on October 11, 2023

 
An Akure Magistrate Court in Ondod state has declared as barbaric, evil and ungodly an igbo tradition which denied a father access to his children because he didn’t pay bride price to the wifes family.Magistrate Segun Stephen Rotiba made this known when he gave ruling on the court case between Prophet Theophilus Obayan and his estranged wife, Prophetess Chibuzor Lilian.Prophet Obayan is a Yoruba man while his estranged wife hails from Abia State. While the going was good, the pair headed the Divine Prophetic Solutions Prayers Ministry, Ladipo in Lagos State.Prophetess Chibuzor left her husband to marry one of his members, Abua Obi, and changed her childrens surname to Obi.Tired of the marriage, Obayan filed a divorce suit against his wife on grounds that she changed his childrens surname to her lovers name.He also asked the court to dissolve the 23 years old union alleging disobedience, misunderstanding, lies, manipulation, abuse, hate and rage. Prophet Obayan alleged that the former member of his church snatched his four children and prayed to the court to return the paternity of the children as well as grant him custody of the children. In his ruling, Magistrate Rotiba dissolved the marriage on grounds that the parties have lost interest in the union and granted Obayans prayers to reclaim his four children.He noted that from the evidence before it, the Respondent alluded to the fact under cross- examination that since the Petitioner did not pay her bride price, her new husband who paid same has the right to have them bear his name in accordance with Igbo custom.According to him: In the same breathe, I find the Igbo custom exuded by the respondent and her witnesses that the children of the union can bear Mr Abua Obi as their surname, atavistic, barbaric, evil, ungodly, irrational, unsensational, crass, gross, crude, unwary, provocative, ungodly, discriminatory and insensible.The custom that tends to punish one person when two consenting adults are involved in the act is nothing but the highest element of insensitivity and servitude.I condemn this custom in the strongest terms. While the matter was on, a publication was made on  February 2, 2023 in Vanguard newspapers, changing the surname of the first two children of the parties to Abua Obi.Aside the fact that complicit to change the surname of the first two children has been establishqed against the Respondent, it also amounts to subjudice as no action is expected to be taken on the subject matter by whoever, when the matter is pending before the Court.This is a complete affront to the Court. I say no more. In conclusion, the Court hereby dissolves the union between the parties, having broken down irretrievably.The Court, hereby declares personal non grata, the custom of the Respondent awarding paternal personality to a man who is not the biological father of the children.The Court hereby invalidates and render null and void the publication changing the surname of the 1st and 2nd children from Obayan to Abua Obi.The Court also invalidates any other publication or whatsoever changing the surname of the Children from Obayan to Abua Obi during the pendency of this case. The post Evil, ungodly, senseless- Ondo judge blasts Igbo tradition after woman changed surname of kids to her new husband because he paid her bride price appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.

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