Actress Lilian Esoro and MMM CEO Ubi Franklin had their divorce proceedings thrown out by a judge who said they should go and enjoy their marriage.
According to Stelladimokokorkus, the judge sitting in the high court of Ikeja said ”She tell them say make Dem go settle their differences say nah small pikin dey worry Dem” (paraphrased)
Lilian Esoro and Ubi Franklin got married in 2015 and the marriage didn’t last even a year before things fell apart. There were reports that things fell apart because of infidelity, although there has been no evidence to this.
According to the Nigerian Marriage Act, the grounds for divorce are stated to be:
- That the respondent has willingly and persistently refused to consummate the marriage. For this fact to be pleaded, the petitioner must prove that the respondent has failed to have sexual intercourse h he/she, but where it is proved that sex occurred even once, the marriage will be deemed consummated and therefore the petitioner cannot rely on this ground for divorce.
- That since the marriage the respondent has committed adultery and the petitioner finds it intolerable to live with the respondent. For this fact to hold water in court, the petitioner must prove that not only does the other party commit adultery but he/she finds it unbearable to live with such infidelity.
- That since the marriage the respondent has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent.
- That the respondent has deserted the petitioner for a continuous period of at least one year immediately preceding the presentation of the petition. The desertion means that the respondent has abandoned the matrimonial home without justification.
- That the parties to the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 2 years immediately preceding the presentation of the petition does not object to the decree of dissolution being granted
- That the parties to the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least three years immediately preceding the presentation of the petition
- That the other party to the marriage has for a period of not less than one year failed to comply with a decree of restitution of conjugal right made under the Marriage Causes Act.
- That the other party to the marriage has been absent from the petitioner for such time and in such circumstances has to provide reasonable grounds for presuming that he/ she is dead.
It seems that at least a number of these conditions have been met and it’ll be interesting to see exactly what led to the judge’s decision.
Lilian Esoro and Ubi Franklin seem to be on amicable terms with the former praising the latter’s fathering skills in an Instagram post where she was wishing her son, Jayden, a happy birthday. She had said then: ” I really don’t know how we did this @ubifranklintriplemg but we are raising a rare gem here. I bless God for it all.”
We hope there’s an amicable solution to all this.