My hubby is a pickpocket, wife tells court

“My husband is a pickpocket, I cannot live with a man who has refused to turn from his criminal acts,’’ 29-year-old Chioma Okorie told an Ojo Customary Court in Lagos on Wednesday.

She pleaded with the court to dissolve the six-year-old marriage.

Chioma, a mother of three, told the court that her husband, Timi, abandoned her and the children for consistently exposing his criminal activities including pick pocketing.

“I thought I could change him but he is rather getting worse even with the intervention of pastors.

“Since l filed this case in court, he has refused to appear because he is afraid that he might be arrested.

“He even tried to forcefully collect my children from me if not for the intervention of my landlord and neighbours,” Chioma, a trader, said.

“He does not have right over my children because he has not paid my dowry, he does not even have a permanent home because he sleeps with friends.’’

She pleaded with the court to dissolve their marriage and also restrain her husband from having the custody of the children.

The Acting President of the court, Chief Joseph Ogunmola, said the wife should take custody of the children and monitor their movements against the husband’s possible “abduction’’ of the children.

He directed the court’s clerk to ensure that the husband was contacted before the next date of adjournment on Aug. 31 for judgment.

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