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Sex denial tears family apart

Bamidele Kolawole

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A Grade ‘A’ Customary Court sitting in Oke-Eda, Akure, has dissolved a 7-year-old marriage between Prince  Adegbemile Olateru and his wife, Mrs Kemisola Olagbegi, on grounds of sex denial and being fetish.

President of the Court, Mr. Olusegun Stephen Rotiba, held that the court put an end to the union because, ”there was no more love between the couple.”

He awarded custody of the only child, Mosijumade Mojoyinade Olateru-Olagbegi, 6 years and 4 months to Kemisola and also ordered Olateru-Olagbegi to pay N100,000 for yearly rent of the child, and N20,000 as the child’s monthly feeding allowance.

Rotiba also directed the petitioner to be responsible for the child education and other welfare concerns.

In his petition to the court, Prince Olateru-Olagbegi Adegbemile, a native of  Owo, said his mother-in-law and his wife were frustrating his harmonious marital life with his wife.

“Ever since I got married to my wife, my mother-in-law had never done anything to make me happy. She did not allow me to enjoy my wife.

“I told my wife that she should stop wearing clothes that reveal her body as a queen, but she would not listen to my instructions.

“My mother-in-law threw her weight behind my wife against my wish. She told me that her daughter can wear trousers because that was how police officers use to wear trousers because she is a police officer.

”My wife does not listen to me. There was a day we were going to church and my wife packed at the middle of the road and ordered me to drive, when she quite knew that I could not see.

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“It took some minutes before she could continue with the driving while she tongue lashed me.

Olagbegi told the court that his love towards his wife had faded, as a result of her disobedience and waywardness.

He alleged,”My wife is adulterous. She used to deny me sex. She infected me with  a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) and she has turned to an herbalist. My wife and her mother put fetish things in our  backyard.

He stated that his wife is a trouble maker and that she did not care for him.

He, therefore, prayed the court to dissolve the union between him and his estranged wife for peace to reign.

In her defence, the respondent, Mrs Kemisola Olagbegi, denied some of the allegations levelled against her by the plaintiff.

She claimed she had been taking good care of her husband since they got married.

She told the court that she was tired of the marriage, saying her husband never appreciated all her efforts and everything she had done for him.

“He instructed his children to beat me and he was fond of talking and abusing me all the time,”she added.

Kemi, therefore, prayed the court to grant her the custody of their daughter for proper upkeep.

The Court  president, Mr. Olusegun Rotiba, noted that the marriage has been damaged beyond repair, saying, “in view of this, the parties are advised to put an end to the relationship for peace to reign.”

In his judgement,  the court dissolved the  relationship between Prince Olateru-Olagbegi Adegbemile and Kemisola Olagbegi.

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