A 48-year-old pastor, Onyekwere Osondu, has filed for a dissolution of his 10-year-old marriage with his wife, Ogechi, who eloped to Liberia with another man in guise that she was going to stay with her brother for more than one year.
According to the petitioner, his wife left in 2014 without a prior information and he has every cause to believe that she was flirting with another man.
Speaking to the Ojo Customary Court, Osondu said, “Prolonging this matter is not pleasing to me; although the court made several efforts to get my wife or someone from her family to appear before the court, there was no positive response.
“I am a man of God and I must maintain my moral status; her absence has made me to live like a bachelor for over one year and that is becoming more unbearable.
“Since my wife abandoned me and went to Liberia, I need to move on with my life. I cannot remain single forever; I need to remarry.
“It was in trying to search for her that her mother invited me to come to the village and that was when I learnt that she had joined her brother living in Liberia”, Osondo stated..
“Her family members summoned me and claimed that I maltreated her because she had no child for me, but this is not true”. The petitioner explained that Ogechi later sent him a text message, which read, “God has delivered me from you and I have changed my name to my maiden name.
“When I informed her that I had filed a divorce suit, she responded by saying, ‘thank God.
“I am a man of God and I have carried out all traditional settlement required.
“She is, obviously, fed up with the union and her refusal to return should not prolong the judgement of this court.
In his ruling, the court President, Chief Joseph Ogunmola, ordered the court bailiff to contact any member of Ogechi’s family to witness the judgment, since all efforts to reconcile the couple proved abortive.