The 11-year-old marriage between the pastor in-charge of Pentecostal Power and Authority Ministry Worldwide, Mr Kayode Oladoyinbo, and his wife, Christian, has hit the rocks following alleged wife battery and other accusations.
Christiana had prayed an Ojo, Lagos Customary Court for a dissolution of the union which produced three children, aged 11, 9 and 6, respectively.
Among the allegations which formed the basis of her divorce plea were frequent beatings, cruelty, illegal summoning and arrests, lack of care and stealing of the church funds.
The pastor who didn’t counter the allegations asked the court to go ahead with the divorce suit as he was fed up with the marriage himself.
He further told the court how the petitioner poured kerosene on him in 2009 with the intent of setting him ablaze but he managed to escape.
The pastor further claimed that at another occasion, the petitioner attempted to kill him with a knife, saying he took the weapon and fled to safety.
The pastor claimed the wife also threatened to burn down the church and kill him in the process.
According to Vanguard, the defendant also alleged that this prompted his reporting the matter to the Morogbo Police Division, saying she was subsequently arrested.
The defendant also revealed that under interrogation by the police, the wife confessed that she actually threatened to attack the church, but that she was not serious about it.
The petitioner, asked the court to stop the husband from intimidating, embarrassing and molesting her, and asked that she is granted the custody of the children of the marriage.
Counsel to Kayode, Mr. Ademola Adedayo, narrated to the court efforts to settle the matter between the couple, saying the efforts proved abortive due to the petitioner, Christian, who remained intransigent.
However, when the Court President, Chief Joesph Ogunmola, asked the parties their final say on the marriage, the wife said she wanted the marriage saved, but her husband insisted that, having come this far, he would want the marriage dissolved.
He said, “I want this divorce. I am tired of my wife, her constant quarrels and lack of respect for me, my ministry and my family.”