The 44-year-old marriage between a sexagenarian, Mr Muyili Oshode, and his wife, Ibidunni, was on Monday dissolved by an Igando Customary Court in Lagos State on the ground that the wife turned her husband into an impotent person.
The court’s president, Mr Akin Akinniyi, delivering his judgment said that the petitioner was adamant despite all mediation from the court and family intervention.
“Since the petitioner insisted on divorce after several interventions, the court has no choice than to dissolve the union in spite of the fact that the wife still claims she loves her husband.
“The court pronounced the marriage between Mr Muyili Oshode and Mrs Ibidunni Oshode dissolved today, both parties, henceforth, ceased to be husband and wife.
“Both are free to go their separate ways without any hindrances and molestation,” Akinniyi ruled.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the petitioner had earlier told the court that his wife was fetish.
“My wife is fetish, she patronised many herbalists and she had used her diabolical power to paralyse my manhood for me not to be able to marry or impregnate another woman.
“In fact, my manhood no longer stands erect nor functions,” he said.
The 66-year-old mechanic said that his wife was threatening his life with a view to killing him.
“I saw Ibidunni in my dream poisoning my food so that she can inherit my property,” the estranged husband said.
The petitioner said that his wife was not taking care of him and that when he was sick, she went to stay in a church instead of attending to him.
Oshode said that Ibidunni was promiscuous, having an affair with a man called “Alaga” and she used to cook for the man in his house.
“I saw the man in my dream telling me that Ibidunni belonged to him that I should back out,” he said.
According to him, Ibidunni is a bad cook; her food is either watery or salty.
He begged the court to terminate the union that he was no longer interested.
“Please, court, dissolve this loveless marriage before Ibidunni kills me,” he said.
However, his wife, Ibidunni, denied all the allegations, she said that she never turned her husband into an impotent person.
“I am a Christian; I never patronised any herbalists. I do not know what is responsible for his manhood, he should ask his concubines,” the respondent said.
The 63-year-old tailor said that she never poisoned her husband’s food.
“What do I stand to gain if I kill the father of my children, he believed so much in dreams,” she said.
Ibidunni said that she was not promiscuous that it was her husband who had many concubines.
She said that she cared for her husband that he was the one that refused to care for her.
“My husband abandoned me and the children for many years without caring for us.
“I worked at construction sites with bricklayers for me to feed the children and pay their school fees,” she said.
The mother of six pleaded with the court not to grant her husband’s wish for the dissolution of the marriage, saying she still love her husband.