Citing Infidelity, Chief, 72, Asks Court to Dissolve 44-year-old Marriage

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A 72-year-old traditional chief, Peter Ogba, on Friday pleaded with an Ojo Customary Court in Lagos to dissolve his 44-year-old marriage with his wife, Felicia Ogba, over alleged  infidelity.
Ogba, an architect, told the court that the respondent turned promiscuous and unruly  32 years after their marriage which was contracted in 1971 and had produced eight children.
“In 2004, my wife started running after other men, sleeping about. As I am a  titled man, and according to our culture, she has done something that is a taboo ,” he said.
He said that as a chief, he had stopped eating at home because of his wife’s current behaviour, adding that he had lost the love he used to have for his wife.
 “ I have complained to my other titled chiefs in my community and they have instructed me to send her out.
“I bought a car for my wife in the 1970s when she was very young, I did all I could for her but she prefers to be promiscuous and I cannot take it anymore.
“Though, my children are against my actions because she had poisoned their minds against me, I prefer to die than coexist with a woman that indulges in fetish acts,” he said.
Ogba  told the court that two years after she packed out of her matrimonial home, he had to get another woman to take care of him.
“I am appealing to this court to please dissolve this marriage and eject  Felicia  from my house because we cannot coexist, ” he said.
However, the wife, told the court that their families had settled the case back in the village, which had dragged on for 10 years before then.
She said that  this  made her to return to her matrimonial home  in January.
“I don’t know why my husband should bring the case to this court because we had settled the matter in the village after sacrificing a goat as requested by our tradition.
“It is the other woman he brought into the house that is controlling him. However, my children have asked me not to pack out of my matrimonial home, so I will not pack out,” she said.
Also testifying in tears, Mrs Isioma Akolape , one of the eight children of the couple ,  said she and her siblings had been pleading with their parents and praying to God for the settlement of the crisis.
“I was pregnant when my dad drove our mum away from the house with a cutlass, we even carried out traditional rights with N90,000 to settle the matter.
“My mother married my father when she was 16 years’ old  without any experience and they had since been living  together as husband and wife until the unfortunate incident happened .
“But my dad had refused to listen to our pleas for settlement of the crisis between him and our mum  because he had brought in a new lady who sells banga.
“Please, I am pleading with our dad, on behalf of the eight children the marriage has produced as my elder brother is out of the country, to forgive our mum and restore the relationship, “she told the court.
The president, Mr Hakeem Oyekan, expressed his displeasure with the attitude of the chief based on how long the marriage had been consummated and the number of children it had produced.
“We acknowledge the fact that a disagreement arose in the relationship but dissolving the union will be a bad precedence that will not be pleasant in the future.
“Truth is bitter but it must be told, the children should not have allowed the case to drag on for 10 years before thinking  of a settlement, “he said.
He, therefore, appealed to the husband, as requested by the daughter, to allow their mother move into the spare apartment outside the main building.
The chief was said to have granted the request.
Oyekan, however, warned the couple to maintain absolute peace as the case was still in court despite the children’s promise to continue to make efforts for settlement.
The president adjourned the case to April 27 for mention.


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