Thursday, May 31, 2012
Son drags 96 year old father to court for taking second wife
A United States-based Nigerian, Emeka Mazie, on Wednesday dragged his 96-year-old father to court for insisting to re-marry after the demise of his wife eight years ago.
The suit with number HU/54/2012 filed before the Umuahia High Court 4, is presided over by Justice Agwu Kalu.
Counsel to the defendant, Ebere Orji, told the court that her client, Israel Mazie, (father of Emeka), had contracted a marriage with Ebere Ndubuka under the Marriage Act, maintaining that the plaintiff (only son of Israel) with his sisters was duly informed before the marriage was contracted.
On the other hand, the Counsel to the Plaintiff, Ann Uchendu, told the court that Israel and Ndubuka had yet to consummate their marriage traditionally, noting the defendants secretly obtained a marriage certificate from Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.
Israel told the court that his decision to re-marry was to get somebody to cook and assist him in keeping the compound clean.
“Since my wife died eight years ago, nobody cooks or assists in cleaning the compound for me. All my children live in America,” he claimed.
The plaintiff told the court that he received with shock the plans of his father to re-marry at his age. He said: “if my father must get another wife, he ought to discuss it with me.”
The Judge on listening to both counsel urged the parties to respect the views of each other, noting that at the plaintiff’s age he would never wish away his first son or the son abandon the father.
Kalu added that resorting to alternative dispute resolution became imperative as there was no serious dispute to judge on the case. He adjourned the matter to October 24 for report on settlement.
news source: channelstv