Mrs. Olusola Gbediga has asked the Customary Court Agege, Lagos State, to dissolve her six-year union with Mr. Matthew Gbediga.
Mrs. Gbediga said her husband beat her regularly and that he nolonger loved her. She accused him of infecting her with a sexually transmitted disease through his adulterous lifestyle.
She told the court that they had been battling other irreconcilable issues.
“Every day he beats me silly and he says he is a Christian,” she said.
She told the court that although they had been together for about six years with one child, she is not thinking of returning to her husband because that would make things worse for them.
She expressed disappointment that for three months after he contracted an STD, her husband did not deem it fit to tell her about it. Instead, she said that kept it from her and was rather urging her to get pregnant.
She said, “His pastor and the wife knew about the infection that my husband had but they kept it away from me. They were treating it secretly for those three months.”
However, Mr. Gbediga said that all the allegations levelled against him were false. He said that it was his wife that infected him with STD because she once underwent treatment for the disease, which she claimed was a toilet disease.
“My mechanic usually tells me that my wife sleeps around, but I never believed it until I went to the hospital to treat malaria and after several tests I was diagnosed with an STD.
“When I asked my wife about it, she denied it. As a Christian, I can’t do such a thing because I go about preaching the gospel,” he explained.
He cited an instance when his wife told him that she was going to attend a child christening in Lagos but he later found out that she went to Ogun State. She then claimed that the venue of the ceremony was changed.
He said, “My wife came home at 12 am, leaving our child at home. She came and was knocking at the door and shouting; I opened the door for her, I requested to know why she came back so late, but she shouted at me.”
When the court president Mr. Emmanuel Sokunle asked her why she didn’t inform her husband about the changed venue she claimed he didn’t pick his calls.
Sokunle advised the couple to go back home to amend their ways, while he tasked their parents to intervene in the matter towards amicable reconciliation. The case was adjourned till Nov. 26, 2012.