Lawrence Adepoju, a 55-year-old pastor, on Wednesday in Lagos made an impassioned plea to an Igando Customary Court to dissolve his 33-year marriage over threat to life by his wife, Racheal.
The petitioner had accused Racheal, who gave him three children, of threat to life.
“My wife is after me, she always hits me with dangerous weapons whenever she is fighting me.
“On two occasions, she hit my head with a cutlass, she also broke bottle on my head, all the scars on my head are as a result of her assaults on me,” Adepoju told the court.
He said his wife chased away his female church members by accusing them of befriending him.
“Racheal fights my female members physically, I can no longer talk or counsel them.
“On several occasion, she had torn my clothes into pieces in public just because I speak or chat with my female members.
“Most of my members had stopped coming to church because of my wife’s behavior,” Adepoju said.
The pastor also accused his wife of stripping herself to curse him and that those curses are now affecting him.
Adepoju begged the court to dissolve the marriage because he was no longer interested in the relationship.
“Please, dissolve this loveless marriage, I am tired of being brutalised and embarrassed.”
The President of the Court, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, ordered the bailiff to serve the respondent the court’s summons for her to appear on the next adjournment date.
Further hearing has been adjourned until Oct. 24.