The Ikeja Customary Court sizzled last Tuesday when Mr. Paul Omorege and his wife, Helen engaged themselves in war of words over their troubled marriage. 48 year old Omorege told the court how he had married his wife for over twenty years with no child to show for it.
He said, “My wife is a witch. That is why she has not been able to give me a child in our over twenty-five years of marriage.
I have caught her with all sorts of questionable things. The other day I found a small calabash tied with red scarf in her wardrobe where she hid it. I also caught her in the toilet one night where she was making incantation on a powdery substance in a piece of paper. When I caught her, she said it was not meant to harm me but to ensure pregnancy.
I want this court to dissolve this marriage so we can go our separate ways. “I want to live my life in peace. I am tired of her diabolical way of life. And each time I complain, she would tell me that she was not doing anything to harm me but was doing all she could so that we could bear children. I have all sorts of dream.
Even my business is no longer as buoyant as it was when I met her. I am pleading with you sir, to please grant me the divorce so I can pick up the pieces of my life and move on.
I will not wait until she kills me before knowing what to do.” Omorege further disclosed that each time his wife becomes pregnant; she would become so sick that she would be unable to live a normal life. “Anytime she is pregnant, she would become sick and I will start spending and spending. And at the end of the day, the pregnancy will be lost.
It is just as if she has been sent to ruin my life. How can I be married for twenty years without even one child to show for it? She would get pregnant only to fall sick.
And I would labour and labour only for the pregnancy to be lost. Besides she keeps nagging at every little bad turn I get. I am tired. All I want is freedom from her claws” Helen on the other hand denied doing anything diabolical.
Instead, she contended, her husband is having an affair with another woman and is hell bent on doing away with her. “I did not do any jazz for him. What he saw me using was a herb given to me by a native doctor to enable me have children. He is just lying to cover up his infidelity.
After all it is not that I don’t get pregnant. But I keep miscarrying. We have done several tests medically and we were told that there is nothing wrong with either of us, that we should be patient. So what does he expect me to do?
Am I God that makes children? I still love my husband and will not want the marriage to be dissolved.” After listening to both parties, the court president, Mr. Sam Aluko adjourned the case to September 23, 2013 for further hearing.