Customary Court in Lagos on Wednesday dissolved the marriage between a 42-year-
old pastor and evangelist, Racheal, and her businessman-husband, Mr Joseph
Aduwo. The President of the court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, who gave the verdict,
cited frequent fighting between the man and his wife.
To the former husband, the dissolution of the 10-year-old marriage is good
riddance to bad rubbish. “My wife, who
is a pastor, an evangelist, a church interpreter and women leader, fought with
nine persons in a day on our street, wearing only bra and underpants.
“She is a shameless street fighter,’’ he told the court.
The court’s president said he was convinced that the couple could no longer
live together as the petitioner insisted on divorce after several unsuccessful
interventions. He ruled:“The court has no choice than to dissolve the union in
spite of the fact that the wife claims she still loves her husband. “The
court hereby pronounces the marriage between Joseph Aduwo and Racheal dissolved
today; both parties henceforth cease to be husband and wife.
“You are free to go your separate ways without hindrances and
molestation.” The petitioner, Aduwo, 59, had approached the court seeking
the dissolution of the marriage who he described as a street fighter. “My
wife one day engaged in fights from 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. and residents were begging
her to stop but she refused. “I also pleaded with her but instead she cursed
me and I was ashamed of myself.
“I had to take her pictures with my phone when she was fighting in the public
with only brassier and sent the pictures to her family,” he also told the
court. He accused Racheal of maltreating his three children he had from another
woman. “My wife has been hostile to my children and they had to vacate my
house and rent an apartment elsewhere.
“She fights my friends and relatives anytime they visit me and this has
prevented them from coming to my house,’’ said the estranged husband, who
pleaded with the court to dissolve the marriage. Racheal, however, denied all
the allegations, saying: “I used to prepare food in the morning, afternoon
and evening for my husband. The court should not grant his request for a
divorce as I still love him.’’