A sex-starved house wife, Mrs. Modupe Falola, stunned the audience at an Agege Grade A Customary Court, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, when she narrated to the court how her husband, Mr. Falilu Falola denied her of sex for five years after their pastor allegedly told him she was suffering from a family curse.
The mother of one, who disclosed this while defending herself in a divorce suit instituted against her by her husband, alleged that trouble started between them when her husband returned from church one day and told her that she was suffering from a family curse which she had to pray fervently about for deliverance.
She added that her husband took advantage of what he heard from his prophet to treat her badly.
“ I was heavily pregnant then and immediately I delivered the baby, my husband stopped having sex with me and also stopped giving me money for the upkeep of the only child of the marriage,” she stated.
She alleged that her husband failed to take care of her and the child and whenever her parents invited him for reconciliation, he would refuse to honour the invitation.
Countering her position, her husband told the court that he met his estranged wife through a close friend, saying that when his friend discussed about her, he told him he was not interested.
He added that Modupe was secretary to his friend, claiming that he later got to know after three months that the marriage arrangement was a conspiracy between his friend and his wife.
“ I stopped having sex with her five years ago, because of her bad behaviour; besides, Modupe is not friendly with the children l had from my previous marriage.
“I would not have agreed to marry her but l had to sympathize with her when she claimed that her sister’s husband had sent her away on the excuse that he was travelling abroad and since we had been dating, I had to give the marriage plan a second thought,” he said.
Falilu said he regretted later when he discovered that Modupe was troublesome and always quarrelled with neighbours.
The petitioner claimed that what really gave him concern was that his wife quarrelled with his house boy of many years, and the boy left in annoyance.
Visibly angry Falilu vowed that even if the court paved the way for settlement, he had made up his mind not to have anything to do with her because they are not compatible.
After listening to both parties, the court president, Mr. Emmanuel Shokunle, adjourned the case for further hearing.