By Niyi Olutunde, Akure
An Ikare Akoko customary court has dissolved a 21-year-old marriage following a petition from one Ogunmola Odunayo Emmanuel.
Fifty year-old Ogunmola approached the court seeking an end to his 21-year-old marriage with his wife, Mrs Taiwo Florence Ogunmola.
Ogunmola had gone to court seeking an end to the marriage with the defendant, whom he said was fetish, always fighting and threatening to kill him.
In his oral evidence before the court, Ogunmola stated that her wife, Florence, was fond of travelling at will without his consent. He further told the court that she is wicked and fights him frequently.
“She travels at will without my consent even when we are living together.
“She fights me frequently and also maltreats our children. There was a day she sent our daughter to buy her pepper and when the girl failed to come back on time she pour it on her after beating her mercilessly
“She destroys my property whenever she fights me”.
The petitioner also told the court that she brought home a black soap and concoction and asked him to bath with it and also eat before having sex with her.
“My wife is fetish, she wanted to kill me with juju.
“She brought home a sponge and black soap prepared for her by a spiritualist and told me that we should bath with it together and I eat the tail of the fish while she ate the head.
“She also told me that the spiritualist instructed said I should have sex with her immediately we performed the ritual which I bluntly refused to do.
“My lord, I am afraid she want to kill me, please separate us. I no longer want her as a wife.”
In her defence, the respondent, Mrs Taiwo Florence Ogunmola, a 46 year old trader denied wanted to kill her husband.
Florence in her defence said she consulted a spiritualist to help her husband whose fortunes is dwindling and because he no longer has a job.
“It is not true I want to kill him. I only want to help him because things are no longer going well with him”
She said efforts by the family members to save the marriage from collapsing did not yield any positive result as the hope of an amicable resolution hit the rocks.
In its observation, the Court posited that the love between the couple has faded and their continue living together as couple will endanger their lives while they are also not logs of wood that can be tied together with a rope.
The court stated that it cannot bind together two unwilling partners.
In his judgment, the court President, Reverend E.O. Adelabu with whom was Mrs. Akamo Anjimo granted the prayers of the petitioner and dissolved the marriage.