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, Ms Racheal and her businessman husband, Mr Joseph Aduwo.
The President of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, who gave the verdict, cited frequent fighting between the estranged husband and wife. To the former husband, the dissolution of the 10-year-old marriage is good riddance to bad rubbish.
He told the court that, “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.”
The court’s president said he was convinced 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.”
The petitioner, 59yrs old Mr Aduwo, had approached the court seeking the dissolution of the marriage with his now ex-wife who he described as a street fighter. “My wife one day engaged in fights from 8am to 11pm 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 added.
The ex-wife, Racheal, had denied 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.’’
But the court insisted: “You are free to go your separate ways without hindrances and molestation.”