Man Wants End To Marriage For Wife’s Refusal To Take Oath
His health waned and it affected his productivity level and finance.
He was willing to carry on but he sought spiritual guidance. He was told the enemy is within.
A couple has approached a court in Igando area of Lagos State, requesting that their 28-year marriage be dissolved.
Victoria, 49, is married to a 60-year-old businessman, Mr Friday Maleghemi, but she told the Igando Customary Court on Thursday that she was no longer interested in the union.
The husband also has the same opinion about their marriage, but he is insisting that he is opting out since the wife could not take an oath he had wanted her to swear to.
They have mutual suspicions that one was responsible for the ill-health of the other in the marriage that has not produced any child.
While responding to a divorce suit filed by Victoria, Mr Maleghemi said that Victoria had refused to follow him to his village to swear an oath over his ill health.
“My other wives except Victoria agreed to follow me to my village.
“Instead, she parked out of our matrimonial home in 2014.
“She then called me from where I was receiving treatment that she was no longer interested in the marriage.’’
The respondent accused his wife of being an ingrate having forgotten that he built a house for her parents in her village when he was hale and hearty.
He urged the court to grant the wish of his wife because he was no longer interested in the marriage, but the wife has a different version of the story.
Earlier, Mrs Maleghemi said that she had to approach the court to end the 28-year-old marriage because her husband, Friday, sent her packing from their matrimonial home.
She told the court that her husband initially told her to leave the house for two weeks to allow some diviners to sanctify it.
“When my husband was sick, he asked me to leave the house that some people wanted to sanctify it and that he would ask me to return after the cleansing.
“I complied but after two weeks he did not call me. I came home only to discover that he had changed the keys to the house doors.
“When I called him, he told me that he was no longer interested in the marriage.’’
The 49-year-old trader said she refused to follow her husband to his village for the oath taking because she had been warned by her pastor not to travel.
"I received a message from my pastor not to embark on any journey or swear any oath. That was why I refused to go with him to his village," she said.
Victoria begged the court to dissolve the marriage; saying it had not produced any child and she was no longer interested.
"Please, my Lord, dissolve the union that has not produced any fruit," she pleaded with the court.
The president of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, after listening to the estranged couple adjourned the case until July 4 for judgment.