Accusations of illicit affairs claimed by a property developer against his wife, a textile dealer have ended their three-year old marriage. 36-year-old Tawakalitu was married to her her husband, Mr Lateef Lawal but the marriage has been dissolved by an Igando Customary Court. The court’s President, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, noted that the couple were tired of the marriage, saying “all efforts to reconcile both parties had failed.’’
Lawal, 50, had filed a suit seeking the dissolution of the three-year-old marriage on grounds of infidelity, defamation of character and threat to life. The petitioner said that Tawakalitu, who had a daughter for him, was adulterous. “I caught my wife making love with another man at a corner when we went for a Christmas party. “Anyway, I do not blame her for the infidelity because I met her at a club,” the former husband said.
He said his wife accused him of having sex with his daughter and invited the presenter of a Lagos Television programme - “Labe Orun” to expose it. “They came to my house to interview me to know if I actually slept with my daughter or involved in ritual activities. “My wife is fetish … I discovered a snail, a cow horn and other charms in her wardrobe. She goes out at will and I can count the number of days she stayed at home throughout our three-year marriage.’’
He told the court that he disowned the only child of the marriage because he did not want anything that would bring him and Tawakalitu together again.
Tawakalitu, 36, however, denied the allegations: I am not fetish, it is my husband that is fetish. My husband is diabolical, I once saw a horn, a calabash, black soap and other materials in his wardrobe.”
The court’s President, Mr Adegboyega Omilola,said:
“Since both parties consented to the dissolution of the marriage, this court has no choice than to dissolve it. This court hereby pronounces the marriage between Lateef Lawal and Tawakalitu Lawal dissolved today; you henceforth cease to be husband and wife. “Both are free to go their separate ways without any hindrance or molestation,” Omilola ruled.