Pastor ends marriage over wife’s refusal to go for deliverance


A 44-year-old pastor, Omotilewa Oke, has been granted divorce at an Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Monday over his wife’s refusal to go for deliverance.

The preacher said his wife of six years, Shola, with whom he had two children, behaved in an irrational way.

“She fights me every day and also fights with neighbours over minor issues to the extent that people in our area know us for frequent fighting.

“I knew that something was wrong and I asked her to go for deliverance; when she refused, I stopped sleeping with her and eating her food because I don’t want any calamity to befall me,” he said.

Shola, 37, a civil servant, accused her husband of unfair treatment and lies.

“After I married my husband, I discovered that he does not have Ordinary National Dipoma as he made me to believe.

“He did not even finish secondary school but I decided to stay in the marriage.

“He does not have a house of his own; my mother rented a two-bedroom apartment for us after our marriage.

“When I got pregnant the second time, he asked me to abort it. He threatened that if I refused, I would have to care for the baby alone as he would not want any babies,” she said.

Court President, Adeniyi Koledoye, ruled that efforts to reconcile the couple had failed.

“The two children, who are minors, should be in their mother’s custody, while the petitioner must be paying N10, 000 monthly for their feeding and be responsible for their education and general welfare,’’ Mr Koledoye said.