15 August 2016
A 41-year-old man, James Omale, told an Igando Customary Court, Lagos, on Monday that his wife must go to his village in Benue State and swear before a traditional shrine to proof her innocence of alleged infidelity.
Omale was testifying in a suit filed by his wife, Yetunde, asking the court to dissolve their two-year-old-marriage.
“My wife knows that she is guilty of adultery that is why she is afraid to go to my village to swear. She left her matrimonial home for a month to unknown destination.
“In my tradition, when a woman leaves her matrimonial home and wants to come back, she must first go to our village to swear that no man has slept with her.
“My wife left my house without my consent and when she returned, she refused to go to my village, instead, she rushed to court to ask for divorce,’’ he said.
He described his wife as “an ingrate’’ saying “I sponsored Yetunde from her 100 level to final year.
“After her graduation, I lost my banking job and she told me she was not interested in the marriage again.’’
Yetunde, 29, had filed the suit seeking for the dissolution of the marriage because she was not comfortable with her husband’s demand that she goes to his village to perform a ritual.
“My husband tells me to travel to his village in Benue State to make sacrifice and swear to an oath that no man had slept with me. He tells me that he always sees a man making love to me in his dream.
“His elder brother is a herbalist whose wife is currently suffering from lunacy, while his second brother’s wife has been sick for years without solution.
“They cast spells on the wife of his other elder brother who is now a prostitute. I will never be a victim of their evil plan,’’ she said.
Yetunde, mother of one child, alleged that her husband “goes out and returns home at will.
“My husband always leaves the house without my knowledge and he will never care to call me.
“Because of his bad behaviour, I went to stay in my parent’s house,’’ she said.
The petitioner urged the court to dissolve the marriage because she was no longer in love with the husband.
The president of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola adjourned the case to Sept. 6 for judgment.