A three-year-old marriage between one Temilade Oyeyemi and her husband, Ayo Oyeyemi, was dissolved yesterday over deception and adultery.
The couple were separated by an Oke-Ogbere Customary Court in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Court president, Mr. Sulaiman Olaniyi, said “In the interest of peaceful living, the union between Temilade and Ayo has ceased to be. Temilade shall take custody of the two-and-a-half-year-old child produced by the union while Ayo shall pay a monthly allowance of N3,000 for the child’s upkeep in addition to being responsible for his welfare.”
Mr. Olaniyi, who held that no form of deception could last forever, advised young men to take care of their parents so as not to incur the wrath of God.
The wife, Temilade, who is 28 years old, while narrating her ordeal, told the court that her husband deceived her by presenting his concubine to her as his aunt.
“After I had pledged my future in marriage with Ayo three years ago, he completely deceived me that his concubine was his aunt. During the wedding, he introduced the same woman to my family as the only person that could stand in place of his late mother; and my family, unknowingly, accepted his deception. Ayo then took me to his mistress’s apartment to live,’’ she said.
Temilade said that the lady gave her all that she needed and she was happy living with the two secret lovers.
“However, I noticed that at around 1 a.m. on most days, Ayo would leave my side on our matrimonial bed. He would move to the floor where his secret lover he referred to as his aunt was sleeping to romance and have sex with her. He often would blame the hot weather for his usually reason for leaving my side to sleep on the floor. It then became clear to me that Ayo and that lady were never related but that they were, in fact, secret lovers.” She told the Court.
Temilade said that when she was pregnant, Ayo never took care of her but he abandoned his responsibilities to his parents-in-law. Ayo is not trustworthy, he is a wicked man,’’ dissolve our union.”
The respondent, Ayo, 38 years old, conceded to the dissolution of the marriage after he had denied some of the allegations leveled against him by Temilade.
Ayo, who claimed to be a building engineer, contended that his wife was a good-for-nothing and lazy woman.
“My lord, I am responsible for my cooking and washing; I have all along catered for Temilade’s needs,” Ayo said.
In his testimony, Ayo’s father, however, pointed out that his son was a terrible husband and a fornicator.
“Ayo never told anybody in the family about his wedding and we are surprised about how everything has turned out. No one knows the concubine he is parading as his aunt. In fact, Ayo has never taken care of me since I had an accident in 2010. I am praying this court to settle the matter for them,” Ayo’s father begged.
Some of Temilade’s family members in their separate testimonies presented evidence of how Ayo maltreated the petitioner and prayed the court to terminate the union.
Temilade resides in Agbeni area while Ayo lives in Monatan area of Ibadan. Harrison Essien