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Housewife seeks divorce, says ‘I haven’t conceived since 2005, demonic spirits controlling our marriage’

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A trader, Sarata Olagunju, on Thursday, told a Mapo Grade ‘A’ Customary Court in Ibadan to grant her divorce on grounds that her husband, Adewale, said the union was being controled by demonic spirits.

In her counter argument against her husband, Oagunju said: ”he told me that there were demonic spirits in our house and I must leave immediately.

”I had a miscarriage in 2005 and ever since then, I haven’t conceived again. Olagunju took me to his clergyman who told me to perform some fetish things and I obeyed them.

“Olagunju told me to leave the house due to the presence of Ginos or demonic spirits in the house.

”I have been living all alone since then”.

Earlier, Olagunj, who is a scrap dealer explained that he filed the suit due to childlessness.

The petitioner said that he did not pay the necessary bride price before she moved in with him.

Delivering judgment, the court’s President, S.M. Akintayo held that there was no marriage to be dissolved between Sarata and Olagunju because of no bride price was paid.

Citing portions of the law to support her judgment, Mrs Akintayo declared that Sarata and Olagunju were merely cohabiting together.

However, she granted Olagunju’s request that the court should restrain the respondent, Sarata from harassing, intimidating, molesting and interfering with the private life of the petitioner.


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