A woman went to an Igando customary court in Lagos seeking dissolution of her 4-year-old marriage and accusing her husband of conspiring with an Islamic cleric to sleep with her for 3 days in order for his business to become successful.
Mrs Musilimotu Olashuyi, 48, and her husband, Gbenga Olashuyi, 55, who have a child together, had earlier approached the court, seeking to end her marriage, claiming that an Alfa made love to her with her husband’s approval.
Narrating the incident, Musilimotu told the court:
Actually, my husband got to know the Alfa through me because I always go to his mosque to pray.
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. 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 emaciating and I told people around me what happened which led to the arrest of the cleric and my husband ran away. My husband resurfaced at the station after the cleric brought a remedy to cure me.
Musilimotu added that her husband threw her belongings out of their matrimonial home in her absence during which over N800,000 she kept in her boxes were stolen. She also accused him of refusing to pay back the loan she collected on his behalf in which she stood as a guarantor. She begged the court to dissolve the marriage as she was no longer in love with her husband.
But her husband, Gbenga Olashuyi denied the allegations. He told the court that his wife and her lover, the cleric, persuaded him to buy a coffin for money ritual and that gave the cleric access to his home and wife.
My wife brought the Alfa home, he told me that God revealed to him that my business was collapsing, that he will make some rites, 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 concoction 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. 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 decline.
Olashuyi went on to accuse his wife of infidelity. He added that the cleric usually comes to their home to make love to his wife on their matrimonial bed.
I got to know that the cleric was sleeping with my wife in our room when Musilimotu brought the police to arrest him for using charm on her to rape her.
The cleric told the police that he never hypnotised my wife to rape, claiming it was with her consent he made love to her on those three occasions.
As a result of her infidelity, Olashuyi said he packed his wife’s belongings out of his house after giving her three months notice, yet she refused to pack out. He asked the court to dissolve his marriage, stating that he was no longer interested and does not love his wife anymore.
Following the intervention of the court, presided over by Mr Akin Akinniyi, and the couple’s families, they were reconciled. The wife then wrote a withdrawal letter to the court and told them that they would work to resolve their differences.
Akinniyi, while striking out the case, admonished the couple to maintain peace and to continue to live in love and harmony.
Since the court was able to reconcile the couple through thorough counseling, I urged both of you to go home and live in peace and love,” Akinniyi said.