A Customary court in Mapo, Ibadan, was told yesterday by a frightened wife, how her husband has been desperate to use her for money rituals.
Mrs Nike Akinbile, a resident of Olunloye Area of Ibadan gave the revelation as part of her testimony before the court where she was seeking divorce from her husband Mr. Femi Akinbile.
“For the past two years now, Femi has been making frantic effort to get rich at all cost and I am his primary target for that purpose.
“Not too long ago, I was just lying on the bed, Femi thought that I had slept off, so he attempted to strike my eyelids with traditional eyeliner also known as tiro.
“I have received several visions that he wants to use me as a sacrificial lamb for the ritual he is making and I don’t want to die now,’’ she alleged.
Nike who urged the court to dissolve their 11 year-old marriage on that ground also accused Femi of not catering for their three children, saying that the children lacked basic care.
Femi a businessman, who denied all the allegations in his defence, opposed the divorce on the grounds that the children were going to suffer in the event of any divorce.
“Your honour, I have suffered greatly all this while to sustain the marriage. I was the one that sent her to school and made her self-employed.
“For Nike’s education, I enrolled, wrote her examinations for her as well as supervise her other academic pursuits.
“In order to be well balanced in life, I encouraged her to learn tailoring which is her source of livelihood today.
“As if those are not enough, I buy Nike all sorts of ladies’ make ups to make her look beautiful and good, but Nike does not use any of the things like shoes, bags, clothes, and so on. Instead, Nike always tell me that she must take them to the church for cleansing and eventually dumped them.’’
In his judgement, the court’s President, Mr Henric Agbaje, held that it was painful that some religious leaders influenced their followers with unacceptable doctrines which led to marriage break ups and approved the divorce.
“Well, since Nike has refused to be pacified to settling the dispute amicably, the court has no other option than to put an end to the union.”
He granted Femi custody of the first two children who were no more legal minor, while Nike was granted custody of the third child, a legal minor.