Matthew Olumide, a pastor on Monday asked a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan to dissolve his marriage with his wife, Oluyemisi, for allegedly attempting to destroy his manhood.
The clergy man also told the court that his wife had overwhelmed his life with miseries.
“Oluyemisi exposed me to public ridicule when she tore my clothes, including my underwear, and compressed my testicles. I spent several weeks in the hospital and when I returned, she warned me not to receive visitors if I needed my life. She falsely accused me of having extra marital affair with my church secretary” Olumide said.
The plaintiff further told the court that his wife had ruined his ministry following her domineering attitude, adding that from more than 50 members, his congregation had dwindled to a handful.
“She does not even take care of domestic issues like preparing my food and that of the children anymore. I have to combine all that with evangelism when I should be resting. In fact, she has almost sniffed life out of me” Olumide said.
Oluyemisi, however, told the court that her husband and his family were always beating her.
“He had a wife before he married me, and they are still seeing each other till date. He even invites her to our night vigils. Olumide asked me not to work and yet, he does not take care of me” Oluyemisi said.
Ezekiel Ogundipe, the court’s president told the couple to invite their relatives to court on the next adjourned date, and adjourned the case to June 9 for further hearing.