An Oshodi Customary Court in Lagos on Monday dissolved a 15-year-old marriage, following allegations of adultery and fetish behaviour.
The court’s president, Mrs. A.I. Olorunimbe, said it appeared that the estranged couple were tired of the marriage, and hence, all efforts to reconcile both parties had failed.
“Since both parties consented to the dissolution of their marriage, this court has no choice than to dissolve the marriage between Toyin Owoyomi and Israel Owoyomi. The two children of the marriage should be in the custody of their mother, while the respondent continues with the payment of their upkeep allowance and school fees,” Olorunimbe said.
The husband, however, wanted custody of the two children, saying that his estrange wife was incapable of taking proper care of them.
But the court asked him to take the issue of custody to the Family Court, if he was not satisfied with its judgement.
The petitioner, a 37-year-old computer operator, had filed the divorce suit, alleging that her husband of 15 years was adulterous and wanted to use her for money rituals.
Toyin alleged that since her husband joined politics, he became adulterous, fetish and that he abandoned their matrimonial home for five years to live with another woman. Since my husband joined Ekiti State politics in 2007, he has become fetish; he visits herbalists and does strange things, like buying white dishes and clay pots.
“I had a miscarriage that almost claimed my life and I have been having terrible dreams and revelations that my husband is up to something,” said Toyin who lives at 2, Pako Close, Dopemu, Agege, Lagos.
She said she could not continue to live with an adulterous and fetish man.
But her husband, a 44-year-old computer engineer, denied the allegations, saying that the wife refused to help him perform a ritual as instructed by a prophet.
“I did not abandon my family. She was aware that I needed to stay in Ekiti State when I joined politics, so that my people can know me more. During that period, I had a spiritual attack and I went to a prophet to seek for solution for my problem,” Israel said.
The respondent said the prophet asked him to buy a white dish and fill it with all the denominations of naira notes and it must be carried by his wife to a certain place.
“My wife refused to help me with the prophet’s advice, even though she knew that it was a matter of life and death for me. I had to look for another woman who carried the dish and I was compelled to marry her.
“In fact, I had to lie to the woman that I was never married before she agreed to help me with the ritual,” he said.
He said that since his wife joined the Mountain of Fire Church, her attitude and perception about him had changed negatively.
According to the respondent, his estranged wife harassed and called him names, all in a bid to disparage him and his political career.
He added that his political opponents were already using the divorce case against him.