Lagos housewife asks court to dissolve her marriage because hubby made her sleep with Muslim cleric

LAGOS housewife Musilimotu Olashuyi has asked the Igando Customary Court to dissolve her four-year old marriage to her husband Gbenga after he conspired with a Muslim cleric to get the imam to sleep with her.


In a bizarre incident, Mrs Olashuyi approached the court, asking it to end her marriage, claiming that the cleric, known locally as an alfa, made love to her with her husband’s approval. She then begged the court to dissolve the marriage as she was no longer in love with her husband.


Mrs Olashuyi said: “Actually, my husband got to know the alfa through me because I always go to his mosque to pray and when he told me that my husband business is not moving fine, I brought him home to meet my husband. Before I know what was happening, my husband conspired with him to use me for money ritual and it was with my husband’s consent that the alfa had sexual intercourse with me for three days.


“After the incident, I started getting sick and getting emaciated and I told people around me what happened which led to the arrest of the cleric and my husband ran away. My husband then resurfaced at the station after the cleric brought a remedy to cure me.”


In addition, Musilimotu, a 48-year-old trader said that her husband had refused to pay back the loan she collected on his behalf in which she stood as a guarantor. She told the court that her husband also threw her belongings out of their matrimonial home in her absence during which over N800, 000 she kept in her boxes were stolen.


Rebutting the allegations, however, Mr Olashuyi, told the court that his wife and her concubine, the cleric, persuaded him to buy a coffin for money ritual. Gbenga, a 55-year-old businessman accused his wife of infidelity, claiming that the cleric always came to make love to her on their matrimonial bed.


He added: "My wife brought the alfa home, he told me that God revealed to him that my business was collapsing and that he will make some rites, so I agreed because truly my business was not moving well. Since that day my wife has been coming home with the cleric with different objects and concoctions for me to drink and bath with, which I used.


“Later the cleric asked me to bring N800,000 to buy some items for another rite and he also told me to buy a casket for him to make ritual money for me that I will put it in a separate room where nobody will enter except me. My wife begged me to comply with the alfa’s request which I declined and I then got to know that the cleric was sleeping with my wife in our room when Musilimotu brought the police to arrest him for using charms on her to rape her."


Mr Olashuyi said the cleric told the police that he never hypnotised his wife to rape her, claiming it was with her consent he made love to her on those three occasions. He added that he packed his wife belongings out of his house when he wanted to sell it after giving her three months notice but she refused to pack out.


He said he consented to the dissolution of marriage that only produced a child, saying he was no longer interested and does not love his wife anymore. However, following the intervention of the court, presided over by Mr Akin Akinniyi, and the couple’s families, they were reconciled.


In addition, Mrs Olashuyi also wrote a withdrawal letter to the court and told them that they would work to resolve their differences and reconcile themselves. While striking out the clause, Magistrate Akinniyi admonished the couple to maintain peace and to continue to live in love and harmony.