The 3-year-old marriage of Nigerian OAP and best selling author, Toke Makinwa to Fitness instructor Maje Ayida has finally been dissolved.
The divorce was finalized by an Igbosere High Court in Lagos yesterday after Toke filed for divorce in March 2016 on grounds that her husband committed adultery.
According to Justice Morenike Obadina, Ayida, filed an answer to the petition but did not give oral evidence to support it. She said the position of the law was settled as pleadings did not amount to evidence.
“Pleadings on which no evidence was led are deemed abandoned. Therefore, Ayida’s evidence is deemed abandoned. The effect being that the petitioner’s evidence is unchallenged and uncontroverted,’’ she said.
According to the judge, 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. He said Makinwa had sufficiently proven that the husband committed adultery and continued to flaunt his adulterous relationships even to her face. “I hold that the marriage has broken down on grounds of intolerable behavior.
The judge pronounced a ‘Decree Nisi’ dissolving the marriage between Makinwa and Ayida which was administered at the Federal Marriage Registry, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Jan. 15, 2014