A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, on Thursday dissolved an 18-year old marriage between one Grace Adekunle and Pastor Adeyemi Adekunle over abandonment, irresponsibility and impregnating church members.
In her petition, the school teacher had informed the court that her husband, a pastor, abandoned her and has committed adultery with the female members of his church.
According to her, Adeyemi has shown no form of responsibility on any of the five children and her since he became a pastor years ago.
She said, “Adeyemi neither makes provision for their feeding nor sends them to school.
“One message Adeyemi has repeatedly passed to me is that I shouldn’t expect him to send the children to school because he is a poor man of God.
“He also said that I saw him as a pastor before wilfully getting married to him.
“As a result, none of our children whose ages range between 8 and 16 is currently in school.
“I have spent all I have on the children with little or no success so far.
“Worst still, Adeyemi has been sleeping with the female worshippers in his church and has even impregnated two of them,” she said.
However, Adeyemi was absent in court when he was called to defend the allegations.
The court’s bailiff informed the arbitrators that he had served several hearing notices on the respondent without any response.
On Ruling the case, Chief Ademola Odunade, President of the court held that the dissolution became necessary because there was no more love between the two, of which the respondent was mandated ti pay a sum of 5000naira as allowance for being responsible for the children.
In his judgement, he said “In the interest of peaceful coexistence, the union between Grace and Adeyemi has ceased to be.
“Custody of the first four children produced by the union is granted to Adeyemi while Grace is allowed to take the last because of his age.
“The respondent shall pay a monthly allowance of N5,000, in addition to being responsible for his education and other welfare.”