One 39-year-old civil servant, Mr Ayoola Bello, has pleaded with an Igando Customary Court in Lagos to terminate his eight-year-old marriage over wife’s infidelity, eyeonthenews.com reports.
He told the court that he was fed up with his wife’s lifestyle, especially her relationship with the pastor of their church.
“Our pastor, who has three wives was the main problem of our marriage as he runs after my own only wife. He used to discuss love matters with my wife at length on phone. I have caught my wife with him twice in different fast food joints,” Ayoola said.
The petitioner said that their pastor impregnated his wife and took her for an abortion.
“My pastor took my wife to the hospital for abortion. I never knew until a nurse called me to come and pick her at the hospital after she fainted.
“It was when I got there that I discovered it was our pastor who took my wife to the hospital for an abortion. Why will our pastor take her to the hospital if he was not responsible for the pregnancy?.
“I had confronted the pastor over it, but it led to my arrest, as he accused me of threatened his life and I was released the following day. Although, I have stopped going to his church,” the embittered man said.
Ayoola urged the Court to dissolve the marriage that he was no longer interested in the marriage.
While responding, his wife, Yetunde, accepted that she had abortion a pregnancy but denied that the pregnancy in question was not for their pastor.
“The pregnancy belonged to my husband, I aborted it because I don’t want a child at that moment. Our pastor followed me because I needed someone to go with me,” she said.
The 35-year-old housewife told the Court that her husband chased her out of the house after threatening to bath her with acid.
“My husband chased me out of the house. He said that I was irritating him and threatened to kill me by pouring acid on me if I refused to leave his house. So, at that point, I had no option than to move to our church to stay while waiting for his temper to cool down.
“The family and friends begged him, but he said that he could not accept me back accusing me of dating our pastor,” she said.
The respondent said that the problem started when she stopped giving her husband the money she got from her previous marriage.
“My husband and I used to spend the money that I was collecting from the father of my first child. On some occasions, he would ask me to tell the man that his child needed to buy some things which were not true. But when the man stopped giving me money, problems started at our home,” Yetunde said.
The mother of two begged the Court not to grant her husband’s wish for the dissolution of marriage saying that she was still in love.
The Court President, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, adjourned the case to August 30 for further hearing.