After 10 years of unresolved marital crises, an Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Wednesday dissolved the marriage between a 42-year- old pastor and evangelist, Racheal, and her businessman-husband, Mr Joseph Aduwo.
Part of the reasons for the divorce was the woman was a ''shameless street fighter" who once fought non-stop for 15 hours wearing just a bra.
The President of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, who gave the verdict, cited frequent fighting between the man and his wife. To the former husband, the dissolution of the 10-year-old marriage is good riddance to bad rubbish.
“My wife, who is a pastor, an evangelist, a church interpreter and women leader, fought with nine persons in a day on our street, wearing only bra and underpants. “She is a shameless street fighter,’’ he told the court.
The court’s president said he was convinced that the couple could no longer live together as the petitioner insisted on divorce after several unsuccessful interventions. He ruled:“The court has no choice than to dissolve the union in spite of the fact that the wife claims she still loves her husband.
“The court hereby pronounces the marriage between Joseph Aduwo and Racheal dissolved today; both parties henceforth cease to be husband and wife. “You are free to go your separate ways without hindrances and molestation.”
The petitioner, Aduwo, 59, had approached the court seeking the dissolution of the marriage who he described as a street fighter.
“My wife one day engaged in fights from 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. and residents were begging her to stop but she refused. “I also pleaded with her but instead she cursed me and I was ashamed of myself. “I had to take her pictures with my phone when she was fighting in the public with only brassier and sent the pictures to her family,” he also told the court.
He accused Racheal of maltreating his three children he had from another woman.
“My wife has been hostile to my children and they had to vacate my house and rent an apartment elsewhere. “She fights my friends and relatives anytime they visit me and this has prevented them from coming to my house,’’ said the estranged husband, who pleaded with the court to dissolve the marriage.
Racheal, however, denied all the allegations, saying: “I used to prepare food in the morning, afternoon and evening for my husband. “The court should not grant his request for a divorce as I still love him.’’