A 44-year-old tailor, Rebecca Adeniyi, has asked an Igando Customary Court in Lagos, to dissolve her 15 year old marriage on grounds that she caught her Islamic cleric hubby, Yusuf Adeniyi, having sex with a married woman.
At the hearing of her petition on Wednesday March 4th, Rebecca said her hubby with whom she had four children, built a mosque and started sleeping with his female members both single and married.
“I caught him having sexual intercourse with one of our members’ wives. I grabbed the woman and tore her clothes. I raised alarm; he started begging me not to expose the woman because her husband may divorce her.
“Members stopped coming to our mosque because of his atrocities and he is now accusing me of chasing members away. My husband’s behaviour towards me changed after the incident. He no longer gives me money nor care for me.”
The aggrieved wife told the court that she believes she was under a spell throughout their marriage.
“I was under the influence of charm throughout my marriage with Yusuf but the wool was later lifted off my eyes five years ago. I decided to remain in the marriage because of my children,” the petitioner said.
When the charges were read to him, the 47-year-old cleric admitted sleeping with his mosque member but blamed it on the devil. He denied being fetish.
“Yes, I made love with my member but it was the devil that pushed me. I begged my wife to forgive me and that it would never repeat itself but she refused and raised the alarm.
It is my wife that is fetish. She frequently visited herbalists and came home with different substances,” he said.
He accused his wife of having an affair with the husband of the married woman he had sex with.
“My wife is now living with the husband of the woman I had sexual intercourse with,” he said.
The Court President, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, adjourned the case until March 20 for judgement.