Barely three years of marriage, a 45-year-old businessman, Mr Paul Eze, has approached an Igando Customary Court in a Lagos to dissolve his marriage, citing wife’s infidelity.
He told the Court that his wife, Mercy, was heavy for one of his co-tenants.
“I went for a job that took me about three months in Abuja. Three weeks after I returned, my wife felt sick and I took her to the hospital, when a test was carried out it was confirmed that she was two months pregnant.
“I know that I am not responsible for the pregnancy as I was not around for three months, when I queried her, she confessed and told me that the pregnancy belongs to one of our neighbours.
“It will be a taboo allowing her to remain as my wife,” he said.
The petitioner said that his wife always denied him of sex.
“Mercy always give excuses whenever I wanted to make love to her, if she is not on her period, she will be having eye pain, waist pain, leg or headache,” the estranged man said.
He begged the Court to dissolve the marriage that he can no longer condole her excuses and wayward life.
His wife, Mercy, did not deny the allegation of being pregnant for their neighbour who is a bachelor.
“Truly, our neighbour is responsible for the pregnancy but it was a mistake,” she said.
The 20-year-old housewife alleged that Paul was fetish that he married her with charm.
“Paul cast a spell on me after he touched me and commanded me to go to my parents’ house and bring my property and come and live with him. I obeyed without knowing what had come over me.
“He forced me into marrying him at the age of 17 and kept me in captivity by locking me inside his apartment for seven months in Ikotun, Lagos State, I was not allowed to see anybody, not even my parents.
“Whenever Paul went to work, he would lock me inside and provide a small bucket for me to ease myself inside the room.
“My parents searched everywhere for me and went to the Police Station to report that I was missing,” she said.
The pregnant wife said that she stopped the man she was presently pregnant for through the window when he was passing and begged him for his phone to call her parent.
“I collected our neighbour’s telephone set, the same man I’m presently pregnant for, when he was passing by and called my father to let him know my whereabouts.
“It was then that Paul was arrested while I regained my freedom. Then, my pregnancy issue came up and I don’t have any other choice than to remain in his house,” she said.
She also said that Paul later went to her parents and pleaded for forgiveness, thereafter, he brought N300 and paid for her bride price.
“The incident has traumatized me as Paul has ruined my life, while my mates are in school pursuing their education,” the mother of one said.
Mercy further said that she used to deny Paul sex because she used to have pain for days after he made love to her.
The respondent consented to the dissolution of the marriage saying she too was no longer interested.
“Please Court, grant him his wish, I was never in love with him,” she said.
The Court President, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, adjourned the case to September 6 for further hearing.