A middle aged woman has asked the Agege Customary Court, Lagos State, to dissolve her six-year union with her husband for allegedly infecting her with a sexually-transmitted disease through his “adulterous lifestyle.”
During the hearing, Mrs. Olusola Gbediga alleged that her husband no longer loves her. Hence at the slightest provocation, he beats her mercilessly.
“Every day, he beats me silly and he says he is a Christian,” she said.
Olusola also disclosed that although they had been together for about six years with one child, no formal marriage rites were done.
She expressed dissatisfaction that for three months after he contracted an STD, her husband did not deem it fit to tell her about it.
She alleged that instead, her husband kept it from her and was always urging her to get pregnant.
“His pastor and the wife knew about the infection that my husband had but they kept it away from me. They were treating it secretly for those three months” she said.
On the contrary, Mr. Matthew Gbediga denied the allegations and said that it was his wife that infected him with an STD because she once underwent treatment for the disease, which she claimed was a toilet disease.
He said that it was his wife that infected him with an STD because she once underwent treatment for the disease, which she claimed was a toilet disease.
“My mechanic usually tells me that my wife sleeps around, but I never believed it until I went to the hospital to treat malaria and after several tests I was diagnosed with an STD.
“When I asked my wife about it, she denied it. As a Christian, I can’t do such a thing because I go about preaching the gospel,” he explained.
He cited an instance when his wife told him that she was going to attend a child christening in Lagos but he later found out that she went to Ogun State.
He said, “My wife came home at 12 am, leaving our child at home. She came and was knocking at the door and shouting; I opened the door for her, I requested to know why she came back so late, but she shouted at me.”
When the court president, Mr. Emmanuel Sokunle, asked her why she didn’t inform her husband about the changed venue, she claimed he didn’t pick his calls.
Sokunle told the couple to present their marriage certificate on the next sitting, which is February 25, 2013.