A 30-year marriage between a civil servant, Virginia Ugwuja, and her husband, Emmanuel, a retired Police officer has been dissolved by an Ikorodu Customary Court in Lagos , over irreconcilable differences.
The 49-year-old petitioner told the court that her estranged husband, who is a pastor, said she is demon possessed.
“Since he heard from the church that I possessed an evil spirit, he started denying me conjugal rights and abandoned me and our eight children, five years ago.
“He also gave the two houses we jointly owned to his church — The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Church, saying that the buildings belonged to God,’’ Virginia said.
The petitioner, who resides at Odun Ifa Street, Adeniji Adele, Lagos, had, in 2017, begged the court to dissolve her marriage over allegations of abandonment, denial of conjugal rights and irresponsibility.
She said her husbands’ church was the beginning of all the problems in their marriage.
Virginia explained that various prophecies in the church that she possessed demons had poisoned her husbands’ heart against her.
The 54-year-old husband admitted the petitioner’s allegations and asked the court to dissolve the union.
The court president, Mrs. Funmi Adeola, said the union had broken down irretrievably, as evidence from the couple had proved that there was no more love in the union.
Adeola said the husband’s church contributed greatly to the breakdown of the marriage.
“It is obvious that there is no more love in the union, since evidence shows that the two houses built by the couple were donated to the church by the husband.
“Having left the house and accusing your wife of possessing an evil spirit, you are hereby ordered to pay your wife all the expenses she has spent on your eight children.
“The husband is to refund the children’s school fees of N400,000, hospital bills of N235,000, a feeding allowance of N350,000 and a house rent of N900,000, being the money spent by his family while he was away from home.
“You are also ordered to pay N20,000 monthly as feeding allowance for the last two children who are below age 18,’’ she ruled.
Adeola ordered the respondent to return one of the houses given to the church to his wife, as they were jointly built in their names.
She, however, ruled that any violation of the court order will be severely punished by the provision of the law.
“Anyone who is not satisfied with the ruling of this court is free to seek advice from a higher court within 30 days,’’ she said.
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