Court Dissolves Pastor's 20-year-old Marriage over 'Threat to His Life'

Court Dissolves Pastor's 20-year-old Marriage over 'Threat to His Life'

An Orile-Agege Customary Court in Lagos on Thursday dissolved the 20-year-old marriage of a pastor, who had accused his wife of infidelity and threat to life.

Pastor Sunday Owonikoko, 51, had filed a petition at the court on May 27, saying he could no longer continue with his wife, Bolajoko,47.

Ruling in the case, the Court President, Mr. Joseph Adewusi, said that the marriage had broken down irretrievably.

He said: "Starting from today, you cease to be addressed as husband and wife; you shall go your separate ways and maintain the peace.

"The custody of the under-aged among the children is referred to Ikeja Family Court for final decision, but in the interim, the children should remain with the petitioner.

"The petitioner, Pastor Sunday Owonikoko, should pay a compensation fee of N25,000 to the defendant and also secure accommodation for her."

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the pastor, who lives at 1 Alowole St., Papa Ashafa, Orile-Agege, had told the court that his wife was still seeing her ex-lovers.

"My wife once travelled to Ghana to meet one of her concubines; she did family planning without my consent and she goes out at will.

"She was suspended from the church for six months because she fought with all the ministers in the church.

"She established her own church, she fought all the members of the church, and they all left," he said.

The father of four children, aged between 11 years and 19 years, had also told the court that his wife threatened to destroy him and the church.

"I want the court to dissolve the union and grant me custody of my children," he had said.

Bolajoko, an evangelist, had, however, denied the allegations in her response.

She said: "My husband is adulterous; he has slept with almost all the sisters in the church.

"A mother of seven is presently living with him as I speak and he has made the woman an evangelist. "

Bolajoko told the court that her husband had "lost his mind" since he ate vegetable soup in the house of one of the sisters in the church.

"I don't love him anymore, I want a divorce, " she had said.

(NAN) 

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