Dispute Resolution

UI lecturer drags husband to court for not paying children’s school fees

A University of Ibadan lecturer, Dr Bilikis Babarinde has filed an application for an order of committal for contempt against her husband, Prof. Sikiru in a Grade A Customary in Ibadan.

The plaintiff, through her Counsel, Olufemi Adegboroye, on Monday informed the court that the application was filed because the respondent failed to obey the court order directing him to be paying the children’s school fees.

Mr Adegboroye said that the court order was to be obeyed, but the respondent only paid the children’s school fees during the first term and failed to pay for the second term.

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The Counsel to the respondent, Yusuf Anikulapo, told the court that he was yet to be served with the application for committer, adding that he had earlier filed an application challenging the court’s jurisdiction.

Mr Anikulapo said that the court ought to hear the application on jurisdiction before taking other applications once it was raised.

He further said that it was not that his client was not willing to pay the children’s school fees, as his client paid the children’s school fees during the first term.

Mr Anikulapo said that his client has been cooperating but the plaintiff was adamant and frustrating all avenues to resolve the matter and trying to poison the mind of the children against their father.

The President of the Court, R. Gbadamosi, said that the court would take both the application for jurisdiction and committer together to save time.

Mr Gbadamosi adjourned the case till May 16 for a hearing of the application on jurisdiction and committer.

It would be recalled that the plaintiff had urged the court to dissolve her 20-year-old marriage over alleged maltreatment.

She said that the marriage which was contracted on March 2, 2002, and produced three children has broken down irretrievably.

The respondent had denied all the allegations.

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