.Divorce-Seeking Woman Tells Nigeria Court –
By Nike Adekunle –
Barely after two years their marriage, a 30-year-old teacher, Mrs Emmanuella Ayodele, has approached an Igando Customary Court in a Lagos suburb to end the union because her husband was forcing her to worship an idol.
She said that her husband, Sunkanmi, battered her for refusing to worship a certain family idol.
“My husband never told me his family had an idol they worship, it was after our wedding he now told me and ordered me to go to his village and worship it.
“Whenever I told him that I am a Christian that I cannot worship any other gods except God, he will beat the hell out of me,” she said .
She said that her husband once brought a strange man to their home to perform some rituals in the middle night, claiming that she has been emanciating since then.
“My husband brought a man to pass the night in our house and in the middle of the night, they performed some rituals, since then, I have been growing lean.
“He did not show any concern about my state of health or why I was growing lean everyday,” She said.
According to her, Sunkanmi took the only child of the union from her and cannot really say where he kept my child.
The mother of one prayed the court to grant her request for divorce; saying she was not ready to worship any idol and she does not want to die young due to his constant beating.
Rebutting the allegations, Sunkanmi, said that his family idoi is a must for every member of the family.
“It is a must for my wife to worship my family idol because she has to give ceaser what belongs to ceaser.
“I beat her because she refused to comply and the bible says wives must obey their husbands,” he said.
The 39-year-old businessman however said that he did not bring the man home for any fetish activity.
“The man she said I brought home was a distant relation who had no place to pass the night. I don’t know why she is getting lean,” he said.
According to him, Emmanuella lacks respect for him, she was just too rude and stubborn.He said that his wife does not care for him.
“Emmanuella preferred her job to her matrimonial duties and that was the reason I took our son away from her,” the respondent said.
He appealed to the Court to end the marriage that he too was no longer interested in the marriage.
The Court President, Mr Moses Akinniyi, adjourned the case to December 19 for judgement.