by Family Center

Austin Eromosele
Mr. Francis Stephen, A 48-years-old clearing agent, stormed Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Wednesday and alleged that his wife was having an affair with his younger brother and her pastor.
“My wife is having sex with her pastor,’’ Mr. Stephen told the Court in Lagos while reacting to a demand by his wife, Ogechi, for the termination of their 13-year-old marriage.
“My wife is sleeping with her pastor, when I got to know I confronted her and she confessed to me.
“Apart from having sex with her pastor, she was also cheating on me with my younger brother,” he added.
He also makes a claim that his wife was violent and temperamental.
“There was a day we had the disagreement, she picked up a stone and broke the windscreen of my car,” he said.
He maintained that when he told her that he would take her to his family to plead guilty, Mrs. Ogechi ran away with their children to her own village.
“Last year, my wife absconded with our children to her village without my consent, she later sent me a message that she had gotten to her family in Imo and that she is no longer interested in the marriage.
“The children have stopped school since the last term because my wife refused to bring them back to Lagos.
“One of my children who was due to write common entrance missed it.
“Her brother called me and told me that I should come and take the children that if I leave them for my wife, they may die of starvation.
“Please grant me the custody of my children because my wife is not working, she cannot take care of them, she just wants to punish me by denying me access to them,” he said.
He nevertheless told the court not to grant the wishes of his wife’s to dissolve their marriage; asserting that he still loves her and the children will need a mother to take care of them.
Mrs. Ogechi Stephen, the petitioner, had approached the court seeking to end her 13-year-old marriage over frequent beatings and drunkenness.
She said that her husband beats her almost in every occasion.
“He always beat me during the heated argument; I live every minute of my life in fear, our marriage had been turbulent and fraught with fights and quarrels, no peace of mind.
“There was a day my husband threatened to pour fuel on me, as he was bringing the fuel towards me, I quickly ran for my dear life.
“There was a night he was inciting incantation calling demonic power to kill me,” the estranged wife said.
She said her husband drinks and smokes a great deal.
“My husband drinks to stupor and smokes, after which he usually loses self-control,” she told the court.
She said her belongings were packed by her husband to her village saying that he was no longer comfortable in the union.
She, however, pleaded with the court to break up the union, claiming that she was no longer in love with Mr. Stephen.
The case has been adjourned to June 6 by the court president, Mr. Adegboyega Omilola for further hearing.

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