A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan on Thursday dissolved an 18-year-old marriage between one Grace Adekunle and Pastor Adeyemi Adekunle over abandonment, irresponsibility and impregnating church members.
President of the court, Ademola Odunade, held that the dissolution became necessary because there was no more love between the two.
In his judgement, he said “In the interest of peaceful coexistence, the union between Grace and Adeyemi has ceased to be.
“Custody of the first four children produced by the union is granted to Adeyemi while Grace is allowed to take the last because of his age.
“The respondent shall pay a monthly allowance of N5,000, in addition to being responsible for his education and other welfare.”
The claimant, a school teacher, had informed the court that her husband, a pastor, abandoned her and fornicated with his female church followers.
“Firstly, Adeyemi has shown no form of responsibility on any of the five children and me since he became a pastor a number of years ago.
“Worst still, Adeyemi has been sleeping with the female worshippers in his church and has even impregnated two of them,” she said.
The respondent was however absent in court when he was called to respond to the allegations.
The court’s bailiff informed the arbitrators that he had served several hearing notices on the respondent without any response.