An Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Monday, dissolved the marriage of Pastor Omotilewa Oke, 44, over his wife’s refusal to go for deliverance.
Oke said his wife of six years, Shola, with whom he has two children, behaved in an irrational way.
“She fights me every day and also fights with neighbours over minor issues to the extent that people in our area know us for frequent fighting. I knew that something was wrong and I asked her to go for deliverance; when she refused, I stopped sleeping with her and eating her food because I don’t want any calamity to befall me,” he said.
The petitioner accused his wife of going out and coming in without his permission.
“Shola once told me she was going to Ekiti to collect her school certificate, and that she will not return that day but would spend the night at her aunt’s place. I told her to call me when she got there.
“She called to tell me that she had got to her aunt’s house, but when I asked her to give her aunt the phone so that I could greet her, she switched it off and I suspected a foul play. Shola has gone to many places, where she passed the night without my permission.’
But 37-year-old Shola, a civil servant, denied the allegations, describing her husband as an ingrate.
“After I married my husband, I discovered that he does not have Ordinary National Diploma as he made me believe.
“He did not even finish secondary school but I decided to stay in the marriage.
“He does not have a house of his own; my mother rented a two-bedroom apartment for us after our marriage.
“When I got pregnant and told him, he got angry, saying it was too early to get pregnant. He refused to give me money for antenatal care,’’ she said.
She said when she was delivered of the baby, he refused to pay the bills, adding that her mother paid the bills.