A 35-year-old housewife, Tomilola Ogundele, has asked an Ikole Customary Court to dissolve her 16-year-old marriage to Olanrewaju Aluko over her husband’s alleged affiliation with Ogboni Cult and threats to her life.
The woman further alleged that her husband had repeatedly threatened to deal with her by reporting her to the Ogboni cult, and added her life was in danger.
Ogundele filed for divorce on the grounds of alleged “threat to her life, no rest of mind, non-payment of her bride price and lack of care for her and the three children of the union.’’
She further prayed the court to order the defendant to pay all outstanding maintenance allowances and school fees of the children.
The plaintiff, testifying on Thursday, during the court session, alleged that Aluko had previously accused her of flirting with her ex-boyfriend. She said that he then reported her to the members of the Ogboni cult who summoned her to appear before it in 2012.
“He does not care for my upkeep and that of the children nor is he responsible for the school fees of the three children which I shoulder alone. He always threatens to use my hair and pants for rituals to make me mad if I ever make attempt to leave him.
“I finally left him because of the continuous threats to my life so as to have peace of mind and cope with my life. I want the court to dissolve the marriage with the defendant.
“I also want the custody of the children because the defendant has no one that can help him take care of them,’’ she said.
The plaintiff further demanded N20,000 as feeding allowance for the children and prayed the court to restrain the plaintiff from further disturbing her in her current residence.
The defendant, Olanrewaju Aluko, however, denied the allegations during cross examinations and told the court that he would explain his own side of the story when he opened his defence.

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