A 65-year-old man on Friday told an Ibadan Customary Court, sitting in Agodi, how his wife of 38 years committed adultery with his typist while he was away on official assignment. The husband, Mr Alaba Aigbe, had asked the court to dissolve his marriage with Veronica over alleged adultery and witchcraft.
In his testimony, the complainant said that while he was on official assignment in Jigawa in 2006, he asked his typist to be collecting his salaries and give to his wife. “Since the assignment will take a year to complete, I asked my typist to receive my salaries on my behalf and forward it to my wife because I did not want her and the children to suffer when I was away.
“My typist used the opportunity to woo my wife and they started the illicit affairs until 2007 when I returned home. “I suspected the immorality when things turned upside down for my family and I sought for spiritual solution. “It was in the course of finding solution to the problem that I got to know about the relationship between her and the typist. “She confessed to me but said the typist only fingered her private part on four different occasions when I was away.
“I told her that the only condition to forgive her was to follow me to my village to make some rituals and appeal to my family gods because adultery is abomination in my village. “She refused to follow me, saying that she is a Deaconess and that she had taken the typist to her pastor for confession of sin and forgiveness,” the complainant narrated.
In her defense, Veronica, who did not deny the allegation, said her husband was the cause of the incident, saying that she had warned her husband not to allow the typist come to their house. Veronica, however, pleaded the court not to dissolve the marriage which was blessed with seven children, saying she had suffered enough about the issue.
In his judgment, Chief Mukaila Balogun, the president of the court, dissolved the marriage and ordered the complainant to pay N17,000 to the defendant for her to pack her load. Balogun further directed that the defendant should take custody of the seventh child while the husband should pay her N5000 monthly allowance or the upkeep of the child.
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