A Customary Court in Igando Lagos yesterday granted a businessman, Mr. Joseph Aduwo a request for divorce from his wife, Racheal, a 42-year old pastor and evangelist. The President of the court, Mr. Adegboyega Omilola, in giving his verdict on the divorce request, cited frequent fighting between the man and his wife.
Mr. Joseph Aduwo told the court, “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.”
Mr. Aduwo, 59, in his petition told the court;
“My wife one day engaged in fights from 8.00 am to 11.00 pm 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 accused her of maltreating the 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.’’
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.’’
Mr. Omilola in his verdict said he was convinced that the couple could no longer live together as Mr. Aduwo 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.”