By Abdulwahab Abdullah & Jane Echewodo
LAGOS—An Igando Customary Court in Lagos has dissolved a 13-year-old marriage between Mr. Rasak Balogun and a businesswoman, Mrs Oluwabunmi Balogun, over food and sex starvation.
The petitioner, Mr. Abiodun Balogun, 51, an accountant, had filed a suit seeking the dissolution of his 13-year-old marriage to Oluwabunmi for sex starvation.
Forty-year-old Mrs Balogun had raised an allegation that her estranged husband attempted to rape their teenage housekeeper.
She equally notified the court, while responding to a divorce suit filed by her husband, Mr Rasak Balogun, that he was a flirt.
However, the husband said: “Whenever we had misunderstanding, my wife would deny me sex and food; and for the past six months now, she had not allowed me to make love to her.
“My wife was always accusing me of dating any woman she saw in my car. She once trailed me to a place, stopped my car, dragged out the woman inside my car and gave her the beating of her life.
“She also beat up one of our tenants, whom she accused of having an affair with me. Because of her behaviour, I ordered her to leave my house and when she refused, I packed out from the house.”
Abiodun, therefore, urged the court to dissolve his marriage, saying that he was sick and tired of the marriage.
The accountant told the court that the love he once had for Olubunmi had faded.
He attempted to rape 12-yr-old housemaid—WIFE
However, the businesswoman-wife said: “He attempted to rape my teenage housekeeper when I went for a vigil. My 12-year-old housekeeper, half-naked, rushed to meet me in the church at about 12 midnight, and told me that my husband wanted to rape her.
“She stayed with me throughout the vigil. The following morning, I took the girl to my husband’s room to repeat what she told me during the vigil.
“The housekeeper said the petitioner came into her room, snatched her wrapper and attempted to rape her, but that she escaped and he sent her packing after the confrontation. I also caught him and my friend’s younger sister coming out of a hotel.”
The mother of three also alleged that Abiodun was dating a single mother in their street. She said her husband packed out of the house the same day the other woman packed out of hers.
She said: “My husband packed out of the house he built to an unknown destination, abandoning me and our children. He moved out with a lady he was dating in our street to rent an apartment elsewhere.
“Despite his infidelity, I still love him,” she added.
In his judgment, the court’s President, Mr. Adegboyega Omilola, said the petitioner was adamant despite mediations from the court and family.
Omilola ruled: “Since the petitioner insisted on divorce after several interventions, the court has no choice than to dissolve the union in spite of the fact that the wife still claims she loves her husband.
“The court pronounces the marriage between Abiodun Balogun and Oluwabunmi Balogun dissolved today. Both parties, henceforth, cease to be husband and wife.
“Both are free to go their separate ways without any hinderances and molestation.”