No longer able to tolerate her husband’s excesses, a 35-year-old housewife, Tomilola Ogundele, on Wednesday asked an Ikole Customary Court to dissolve her 16-year-old marriage to Olanrewaju Aluko.
The embittered woman claimed that her estranged husband has been a threat in her life, adding to that she also alleged the he has been threatening to deal with her by reporting her to the Ogboni cult.
The plaintiff, said Aluko later made due with his threat by reporting her to the members of the Ogboni cult over accusation of infidelity. The cult people summoned her to appear before it in 2012. “He does not care for my upkeep and that of the children nor responsible for the school fees of the three children which I shouldered alone. “He always threatens to use my hair and pants for rituals to make me mad if I ever make attempt to leave him. “I finally left him because of the continuous threats to my life so as to have peace of mind and cope with my life. “I want the court to dissolve the marriage with the defendant. “I also want the custody of the children because the defendant has no one that can help him take care of them,’’ she added.
Ogundele filed for divorce on the grounds of alleged “threat to her life, no rest of mind, non-payment of her bride price and lack of care for her and the three children of the union.’’
She further prayed the court to order the defendant to pay all outstanding maintenance allowances and school fees of the children.
The woman demanded N20,000 as feeding allowance for the children and prayed the court to restrain the plaintiff from further disturbing her in her current residence.
However, the defendant, Olanrewaju Aluko, denied the allegations during cross examinations and told the court that he would explain his own side of the story when he opened his defense.
The Court’s President, Mrs Yemisi Ojo, adjourned the case to July 11 for continuation of hearing. Ojo, however, warned the parties from harassing or assaulting each other anywhere. “Else, defaulter will be criminally liable. “