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SA?ADU DERIBA (Driver) v. THE STATE

(2016) JELR 36961 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/YL/83C/2015  •  18 Feb 2016  •  Nigeria

Coram
JUMMAI HANNATU SANKEY JCA; SAIDU TANKO HUSSAINI JCA; BIOBELE ABRAHAM GEORGEWILL JCA;

Judgement

BIOBELE ABRAHAM GEORGEWILL, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): In Doubeli Village, in the Lau Local Government Area of Taraba State, there once lived a man named Alhaji Ardo Jokadi Lengel. In his life time, he was the Ardo and head of the Fulfulde people. As he was so rightly entitled to have, he had at various times married three wives, one of whom is the PW4 in this case, Mairama Ardo Jokadi and another of whom is Ayagi, the mother of Appellant; whom he married in the year 2001 upon the death of her husband late Deriba (Driver).

However, after 6 years of the marriage of the mother of the Appellant there arose incessant squabbles and troubles between the mother of the Appellant and PW4, the first of the three wives of Alhaji Ardo Jokadi Lengel leading to the eventual divorce of the Appellant?s mother by Alhaji Ardo Jokadi Lengel. Consequently, several Court cases ensued between and amongst the members of the once peaceful family and resulting into their enstranged relationship.…

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