A divorce case between lkechukwu Ogbuenyi and his wife, Rita, took another dimension when the counsel to lkechukwu, Mr. Ogunkoya, threatened to take legal action against any reporter who may venture to report the case.
Rita and her family insisted that the matter could be published in the papers because, according to the wife, lkechukwu wanted to divorce her secretly.
The wife added that she would not want the matter to be kept out of the public glare especially when the case was mentioned in an open court. She told the court that the husband was a wife beater, citing the case of an assault on her by Ikechukwu, saying the incident landed her in an hospital where doctors found that the tissues holding a pregnancy she was carrying had broken.
“When l started vomiting blood, we approached a doctor who told me that the pregnancy had to be evacuated”, Rita said, explaining that her husband took her to one Dr. Demola and they agreed to remove the pregnancy.
Rita, who lives at 1 Bayewu Adelami Street, Elliot Bus stop, Iju-Isaga, told the Agege Grade A Customary Court that she was 18 when lkechukwu deflowered her, and they lived together thereafter till 2008 when all her efforts to make lkechukwu marry her according to custom and tradition proved abortive.
She said that it got to a stage she stripped herself naked before lkechukwu to convince him that she did not fornicate in his absence. The wife said she attempted to commit suicide when her husband took her children to unknown destination without her consent.
According to her, she would have sued lkechukwu for divorce initially, but she was brainwashed by him. Although the respondent in the case, Rita urged the court to dissolve the marriage and grant her custody of the children.
In his submission, lkechukwu insisted that the court should continue with the dissolution of their marriage because he could not continue to live with a woman who was encouraged by her mother to aborted three months pregnancy.
The husband alleged that Rita always patronised night clubs whenever he travelled aboard, and added that he never wanted to marry her but his mother encouraged her because she was a young girl.
He claimed that when the wife fell down while scrambling for seat in a bus, he took her to a doctor who confirmed that Rita’s pregnancy had problem.
Ikechukwu claimed that when he discovered that the wife had connived with her mother to remove the pregnancy, he started suspecting that she must have been fornicating while he was away. The husband added that Rita later confessed that she always patronised night clubs, but that she never slept with any man.
“I put her in school, bought N3 million car for her and nearly all her family members lived in my house; yet, her mother helped her to terminate three months old pregnancy she had for me.”
He urged the court to dissolve the marriage and grant him custody of the children. Meanwhile, the court adjourned the case till October 10, for further hearing.