A Lagos high court has ruled that the three-year marriage between popular OAP Toke Makinwa and her estranged husband Maje Ayida be dissolved.
On March 9 2016, the celebrity media personality asked the court to dissolve the marriage on the grounds of adultery and mental stress
While delivering judgment, Justice Morenike Obadina posited that Ayida filed an answer to the petition but did not give oral evidence in support of it, instead, Ayida ‘pleaded’ with the courts. The judge however said the position of the law was settled as pleadings did not amount to evidence, per NAN reports.
The judge further held that the issue of cruelty which the petitioner (Makinwa) relied on was established because of the ‘mental and emotional stress’ she was subjected to by her husband during the marriage.
Miss Toke Makinwa had told the court that her husband committed adultery with his mistress, Anita Solomon, adding that the relationship produced a child. Toke Makinwa also said Ayida flaunted his adulterous relationships even to her face. She said since their marriage was contracted, the husband had ‘behaved in a way she could not reasonably be expected to continue to bear’.
She also told the Lagos court that her estranged husband was cruel towards her, adding that their differences became irreconcilable.
The Judge then said ‘I hereby pronounce a ‘Decree Nisi’ dissolving the marriage between Makinwa and Ayida which was administered at the federal marriage registry, Ikoyi, Lagos, on January 15, 2014. The order shall become absolute three months from today, unless within that period. sufficient cause is shown why it should not be made absolute.’
In her testimony, she said after their marriage was contracted in 2014, cohabitation with her husband ceased on November 8, 2015, without any child from the marriage.
She also told the court of an instance where her husband threatened separation and even drafted a separation agreement because she discovered that he bought a ticket for his mistress to travel to London, but the mistress (Solomon), refused to join issues with the petitioner.
On his part, (Ayida) who replied to the petition when served, however instructed his counsel, T. O. Lawal, not to continue with the defence, thus his counsel foreclosed all evidence.
In 2016, Toke Makinwa wrote a tell-all memoir ON Becoming, where she detailed all the ten year drama between she and Maje. She said she used the process of writing the book to heal herself of all the hurt she was carrying at the time.
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