Court Remands Man for Marrying Second Wife

An Osogbo Magistrate Court, sitting in Osogbo has ordered that a 32-year-old man, Sunday Ojekale be remanded in Ilesha Correctional Center for allegedly marrying a second wife and threatening to kill his first wife.

Sunday was dragged before the Court by the police on three counts charge of unlawful marriage, called bigamy, threatening to kill and refusing to provide care for his children. 

The police prosecutor, Inspector Elisha Olusegun, said, the defendant on December 28th, 2019 at Christ Apostolic Church, Oke-Onitea, Osogbo having being married to one Funmilayo Oluwaseun Ojekale and while she was still alive and without the marriage been dissolved or declared void by a court of competent jurisdiction, unlawfully married another wife- one Christiana Olujide. 

He added that the suspect threatened to kill his legal wife and failed to provide necessary things for his children without lawful excuse. 

The police prosecutor hinted that the offences were contrary to Sections 86, 339 and 370 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol.ll Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charged preferred against him by the police.

The counsel to the defendant, Mr R. I Alebiosu, made an oral bail application assuring the court that his client would provide reliable sureties.  

The Magistrate, Mr A. A Adeyeba, declined the oral bail application, saying, he should file a formal bail application. 

Mr Adeyeba thereby ordered that the defendant be remanded in Ilesha Correctional Facility and adjourned the case until 23rd of March, 2021 for hearing. 

Adenitan Akinola

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