Barristers & Solicitors
Madueke prays court to stop Diezani from bearing his name

Retired Rear Admiral Alison Madueke has urged the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, to stop his ex-wife Diezani from bearing his name.

In a petition for jactitation of marriage (declaration that a marital union has ended), the ex-Chief of Naval Staff prayed the court to order Diezani to revert to her maiden surname of Agama.

He argued that her continued use of his name amid corruption allegations was harmful to him and could implicate him or result in mistaken liability, especially considering they were no longer legally married.

Madueke, a former military governor of Anambra and Imo states, said he got married to Diezani on June 30, 1999, under the Marriage Act.

He said his wife started gaining recognition in social and political circles by virtue of the marriage, which produced one child.

According to the petitioner, the respondent started using the name “Alison Madueke” when she became a minister under the Jonathan Administration between 2010 and 2015.

In the petition, filed through his counsel, Chidi Ilogu (SAN), Dr Nasiru Tijani, and Adedamola Kikiowo, stated that his cohabitation with Diezani ceased in May 2015, when she left her position as minister and relocated to Britain, adding that they had lived apart since then.

The petitioner stated that Diezani sued for dissolution of marriage in November 2021 at the High Court of Nassarawa State sitting in Mar]araba Gurku, citing an irretrievable breakdown of the union.

He said he did not contest the suit, following which the court ended the marriage.

The retired soldier told the court that Diezani has continued to use his name despite the marriage ending.

Culled From The Guardian