What Is This Man Up To?... "My wife must swear in my village to prove she's not slept with another man"

A 41-year-old man, James Omale has told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos that his wife must go to his village all the way in Benue State and swear an oath to prove her fidelity.

Mr. Omale told the court, while responding to a divorce suit against their two-year-old marriage filed by his wife, Yetunde, that: “My wife knows that she is guilty of adultery, that is why she is afraid to go to my village to swear.

“She left her matrimonial home for a month to an unknown destination. In my tradition, if a woman leaves her matrimonial home and wants to come back, she must first go to our village to swear that no man has slept with her.

“My wife left my house without my consent and when she returned, she refused to go to my village instead, she rushed to court to ask for divorce.”

He described his wife as an ingrate. “I sponsored Yetunde from her 100 level to final year. After her graduation, I lost my banking job and she told me she was not interested in the marriage again.”

The wife’s stand
The petitioner, Yetunde, 29, had filed the suit seeking for the dissolution of the marriage over alleged use of force by her husband to make her swear an oath. She told the court that her husband asked her to go to his village to make sacrifice.

According to Yetunde, “my husband tells me to travel to his village in Benue State to make sacrifice and swear to an oath to prove that no other man had slept with me... His elder brother is an herbalist and his wife is currently mad... his second brother’s wife has been sick for years without solution.

“They cast spell on the wife of his other elder brother who is now a prostitute. I will never be a victim of their evil plan.”

 The mother of one added: “My husband always leaves the house without my knowledge and he will never care to call me. Because of his bad behaviour, I went to stay in my parent’s house.”

She urged the court to dissolve the marriage because she was no longer in love with him.

President of the court, Adegboyega Omilola, adjourned the case to September 6 for judgment.

...Oga just send her away already if you believe she's unfaithful, rather than resort to this bad practice.