A public transporter, Oluseyi Adegoke, has urged a customary court sitting at Mapo in Ibadan to dissolve his 20-year-old marriage to his wife Bunmi on grounds of adultery, threat to life and attempt to inherit his property.
Adegoke, a resident of Bembo-Apata area in Ibadan and a member of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Ibadan, told the court that life has not been the same with him since he became aware of his wife’s romantic affairs with another man.
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He added that his wife had introduced her lover to him as her relative and that he had unknowingly accorded him the respect of an in-law.
“In 2017, a woman in our neighbourhood told me that Bunmi was in a serious romantic affair with her husband and begged me to warn my wife.
“I was shocked, but still asked her father about the man. Bunmi’s father, however, told me that the man was not a member of their family and in fact, he doesn’t know him.
“When Bunmi realised that her promiscuity has been exposed, she left my home in December 2017 with all my property.
“Three months after, Bunmi squandered all the money and started sending emissaries to plead with me for her to return,” he explained.
Adegoke further said that despite his opposition to her return, he came home one night to meet Bunmi fully back as the two children also pleaded with him to allow her stay.
“My lord, ever since she returned in 2020, I have not been myself as I’ve struggled with one illness or the other.
“Soon, I developed stroke and lost my means of sustenance while Bunmi refused to show any concern about my wellbeing.
“Besides, she got angry recently and attempted to smash a pestle on my head, but after my escape from the scene, she destroyed the windscreen of the only car I have left.
“Worst still, she locked me outside and claimed that the house belonged to her, but for the quick intervention of the police at Apata police post, she would have permanently claimed it.
“My lord, Bunmi has put me in bondage and she has looting my valuable property for sale,” Adegoke sobbed in court.
Bunmi opposed the suit and denied all the allegations levelled against her.
She noted that her husband was only being hunted by his past evil deeds even though she refused to speak on the issue of promiscuity levelled against her.
“I linked Adegoke with my brother who was an executive officer in the then NURTW in Ibadan who put him in charge of income generation where he made a lot of money, but he pretended as if there was nothing there,” she said.
“Adegoke never took care of the children and I, including their school fees.
“He is with my N500,000 and I catered for him when he was critically ill,” Bunmi said.
Delivering judgment, the president of the court, Chief Ademola Odunade, held that any mother who instigates the children against their father and vice versa as Bunmi did would incur the wrath of God.
Odunade consequently dissolved the union so that there might be peace.
He awarded custody of the two children to Adegoke and ordered Bunmi to leave the house immediately.