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My husband is a ritualist, hollers wife after 25 years marriage

A 48-year-old wife, Abosede Balogun, on Thursday pleaded with a Lagos Customary Court to dissolve her 25-year marriage, calling her husband a ‘ritualist’.

“My husband performs rituals even at night; he once brought a ram to the house to slaughter at midnight. I don’t feel safe living with him,” Abosede told an Orile Agege Customary Court.

Abosede, a trader who resides at 29, Old Ipaja Road, Agege, a suburb of Lagos, was responding to a divorce suit filed by her husband, Idris Balogun.

She said her husband’s behaviour changed shortly after they married and since then, he had been looking for ways to fight her at the slightest provocation.

“I once caught my husband at midnight covering one of our children, who is physically challenged, with a white cloth.

“I threw the cloth away and burnt it and he fought me because of this.

“There was a day that my husband and his brother brought a ram to the house, they waited until midnight before they slaughtered it, I was watching through the window.

“They hung the ram in our compound for days,” she said, urging the court to dissolve the marriage.

Balogun, 53, a father of three who got married to Abosede in 1993, told the court that his wife had been flouting his instructions and that she also got into a bad company.

“My wife doesn’t respect me, she once travelled to Dubai with her friends without my knowledge.

“I feel threatened by her moves these days. I am not secure seeing her with different types of bad women who do not have homes,” he said.

Balogun urged the court to dissolve his “loveless marriage” and grant him access to their children aged 17 and 22 respectively.

The court’s President, Mr. P. A. Williams, observed that efforts to reunite the couple had failed.

“The court cannot force two unwilling parties to live together, ” he said.

The case has been adjourned until May 3 for judgement.

 

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.