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, Racheal, and her businessman-husband, Mr Joseph Aduwo.
Â The President of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, who gave the verdict, cited frequent fighting between the man and his wife. To the former husband, the dissolution of the 10-year-old marriage is good riddance to bad rubbish.
â€œMy 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. â€œShe is a shameless street fighter,â€™â€™ he told the court.
Â The courtâ€™s president said he was convinced that the couple could no longer live together as the petitioner insisted on divorce after several unsuccessful interventions. He ruled:â€œThe court has no choice than to dissolve the union in spite of the fact that the wife claims she still loves her husband.
â€œThe court hereby pronounces the marriage between Joseph Aduwo and Racheal dissolved today; both parties henceforth cease to be husband and wife. â€œYou are free to go your separate ways without hindrances and molestation.â€
The petitioner, Aduwo, 59, had approached the court seeking the dissolution of the marriage who he described as a street fighter.
â€œMy wife one day engaged in fights from 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. and residents were begging her to stop but she refused. â€œI also pleaded with her but instead she cursed me and I was ashamed of myself. â€œI 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,â€ he also told the court.
He accused Racheal of maltreating his three children he had from another woman.
Â â€œMy wife has been hostile to my children and they had to vacate my house and rent an apartment elsewhere. â€œShe fights my friends and relatives anytime they visit me and this has prevented them from coming to my house,â€™â€™ said the estranged husband, who pleaded with the court to dissolve the marriage. Racheal, however, denied all the allegations, saying: â€œI used to prepare food in the morning, afternoon and evening for my husband. â€œThe court should not grant his request for a divorce as I still love him.â€™â€™