by Azubuike Azikiwe
A housewife is seeking for the dissolution of her 15-year-old marriage over alleged physical abuse and excessive drinking by her husband.
The woman, Mariam Ayoola, told a Grade 11 Customary Court in Osogbo, Osun State capital, that her husband, Stephen, also impregnated her younger sister.
She said, “Our union is blessed with four children; I’m seeking divorce because of Stephen’s constant beatings due to excessive drinking which makes him aggressive. When I married him, my younger sister was living with us and he impregnated her. I left him because of this and moved out of the house.”
“I then met another man who impregnated me, but people intervened in our differences and I returned to his house with the pregnancy. Now that I’m seeking a divorce, he wants to claim another man’s child,” she said.
While responding to the allegations, Stephen said his wife was wayward, while also denying her claims that he impregnated his sister-in-law.
He said, “I did not impregnate her sister, it is true that her younger sister and brother were both living with us, but I had nothing to do with her. We have been married for 15 years, suddenly things changed and went from bad to worse. She moved out but later returned when the differences between us was ironed out.”
Meanwhile, despite Mariam’s insistence that he was not the father of her fifth child, Stephen said a pastor revealed to him that he was responsible for the child. “After five years, our pastor called me and told me I’m not the father of our fourth child,” he added.