Fifty three year old Pastor Joshua Ibeneme has sent his wife, Uzoamaka Ibeneme packing after 21 years in marriage for allegedly sleeping with his church members.
The pastor had approached an Igando Customary Court in Lagos, seeking for the dissolution of the marriage for what he called ‘her messing around with his church members.’
“My wife had sexual affair with two of my church members, a deacon and a bishop. Both of them were telling my other members that they slept with my wife because she enticed them.
“Whenever I return from a trip, my last born always tells me that men came to pick and drop my wife. Even God told me to divorce her or else she will destroy my ministry,” he claimed.
The petitioner said that his wife denied him sex for five years.
“My wife starved me of sex for more than five years; whenever I want to sleep with her, she would give one excuse or the other and in fact, she has moved out of my room to a separate room.
Ruling in the case today, Friday, presiding judge, Akin Akinniyi dissolved the marriage on the ground that the pastor had remained adamant in spite of the mediation by the court and family.
“Since the petitioner insisted on divorce after several interventions, the court is, therefore, left with no option but to grant him his wish and pronounce the union dissolved.
“The court hereby pronounces the marriage between Pastor Joshua Ibeneme and Mrs. Uzoamaka Ibeneme dissolved today.
“Both of you will henceforth cease to be husband and wife, each of you should go on his or her separate ways unmolested.
“The court wishes both of you well in your future endeavour.
“Any squabble between both you from now on shall be treated as criminal and any violation of this judgment will be regarded as contempt of court and will attract imprisonment without option of fine,” Akinniyi ruled. [myad]