IBADAN – A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, on Wednesday, dissolved a three-year-old marriage between Tawakalitu Adeoye and Hakeem Adeoye over claims of abuse and threat to life through ritual actions.

According to president of the court, Chief Ademola Odunade, “the court does not joke with any issue that has to do with life, hence the need for the dissolution.

“It is also obvious that there is no more love between Tawakalitu and Hakeem as a result of their differences.

“In the interest of peaceful living, the union between the duo has ceased to be.

“The custody of the three-year-old child produced by the union is awarded to Tawakalitu and Hakeem shall pay a monthly allowance of N5, 000 for the child’s upkeep in addition to being responsible for her education and other welfare.”

Narrating her ordeal, Tawakalitu, a fashion designer who resides at Academy area of Ibadan, said that her husband had stylishly embarked on marathon sexual intercourse with her with the intention of using her for ritual.

“My lord, had I listened to my parents’ advice that I should not enter into any marital vows with Hakeem, maybe my life would have been more pleasant today.

“It all began when Hakeem started requesting for sexual intercourse from me every morning and night without any particular reason, an act which he was initially not used to.

“The first thing he does is to take his bath and immediately after, he rushes me to bed to sleep with me.

“Each time he is through, I feel weak, subdued, restless and completely shattered, physically and psychologically.

“Eventually, I discovered that Hakeem had planted a charm (Tira) under my pillow for two good weeks without my knowledge and I had laid my head on it.

“Then, I reported him at Eleyele Police Headquarters in Ibadan, but he pleaded with the police to prevail on me not to implicate him.

“He also informed my relatives that I lied against him and that I must retract the statement in which I accused him of trying to use me for ritual.

“Worse still, Hakeem derives pleasure in turning me into a punching bag at any slightest opportunity.

“These and many more are the reasons I had to pack out of his home since Oct 27.

“Please save my life from Hakeem because he is spiritually diabolic”.

In his counter argument, however, the respondent refuted all the allegations levelled against him while consenting to the divorce suit.

Hakeem, who earned his living as an Alfa, submitted that his wife merely fabricated what she said so as to get sympathy of the court.

“I will like this court to take note of the fact that Tawakalitu is so adulterous and I have caught her several times in the act.

“In fact, she and her secret lovers usually chat in my presence every night.

“My mother had also advised me not to marry her from the onset because of her bad attitude.

“There is nothing I have not done to satisfy Tawakalitu.”


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