â€œThey can all testify to the fact that I satisfy them sexually in spite of my age. I donâ€™t use any drug.Â It is God Almighty that is behind me that created me like that, but sometimes, I used agbo, native herbs.â€
Those were the words of Pa JimohÂ Iti-Ogede, a 77-year-old man, who shocked the people present in court while giving his testimony in a divorce suit he instituted against Mrs. Sukurat, one of his wives recently before an IgandoÂ Grade â€˜Bâ€™ Customary Court, Lagos.
The man, who claimed that he is married to 16 wives, said that though some of them have deserted him or dead,Â he was able to perform his duty in bed as a husband to all the women to the extent that some of them hailed and cherished him.
He told the court that all his wives could testify that he is a great performer when it comes to love making.
In his testimony, Jimoh told the court :â€œIf my wife (Sukurat) leaves me today, another one will come in tomorrow as far as she has interest in me.Â I take good care of women,” he said.
Sharing his experience in marriage, he said: â€œI have married up to 16 wives. Presently, three of them are living with me; some have packed out to liveÂ alone or live in their own houses, while some are dead. I have built houses for the majority of them.
I take good care of the onesÂ that are living with me.â€
Insisting on separation from his estranged wife, he told the court to immediately dissolve the union between themhim and theÂ woman, Sukuratu.
â€œThis is because she fights all our neighbours and my tenants frequently.Â She does not respect me, she goes out at her own free will and comes back whenever she prefers. In fact ,I donâ€™t love her anymore.â€
Asked by the president of the court, Mr. J. A. Eko, where he is getting the powers to satisfy the women and ifÂ his action is notÂ injurious to his health, he said: â€œThe wives can testify to my claims that I satisfy them well in bed. If you ask me to bring any of them ,I will oblige the court. I donâ€™t feel bad or tired of itâ€ .
Speaking further on the attitude of his estranged wife, the man said, â€œwhen she was served with the court summon, she came and gave me a thorough beating but I did not take it low. I invited policemen who arrested her. Like I said, my lord, I cannot sleep with her anymore, I want a divorce. I donâ€™t want her again; she should let me have the custody of my three-year old child and I need my peace.â€
In her own response, the woman told the court that the man had denied her sex since November last year. She claimed that contrary to the manâ€™s testimonies, he possessÂ no power to satisfy her in bed again but she said she is still in love with the manÂ if he is ready to reconcile with her.
â€œMy Lord, he does not come to my room anymore.Â He made love to me last in November last year. I can tell the courtÂ that he was not doing it well againÂ like before.â€
The matter has been adjourned for further hearing.