Vanguard (Lagos)

19 January 2013

Nigeria: My Wife Wrecked My Church - Pastor

She fights me at the slightest opportunity,she is a pest in my life".

With these words, Pastor Ope Balogun pleaded with an Orile Agege Grade 'B' Customary Court, Lagos, to dissolve his three-year-old marriage to his wife, Taiwo, who he accused of troublesome acts and nagging.

The 54-year-old cleric, who lives at 7, Ilupeju Street, Oke-Odo, Agege, testified that he had not known peace since he married his wife.

"My wife, Taiwo, is a troublesome woman. She has driven almost all my church members away",the petitioner stated

"My children from my previous marriage cannot come to our house because they are afraid of my wife.My family members cannot visit me as well.

"My Bible school students cannot continue their studies because of her incessant troubles and even some pastors working under me left the church.

Balogun also alleged that his wife drove him out of his house on Nov. 2012.

"She pursued me from the house and she still came to damage the windows of where I am taking refuge,"he said.

Meanwhile, Taiwo, 36, denied the allegations.

She said, "I am the ninth wife of Pastor Balogun. Trouble started when I took in and he told me that he did not want a child again but sex.

"He maltreated me during the pregnancy and did not pay my hospital bills when I was delivered of the baby.

"I love and respect everyone around my husband,but what usually causes misunderstanding between us is the issue of money.

"He does not give me and my child money for feeding.

"After the delivery, he told me that I should be eating once a day, so how do you expect the house to be peaceful?"

The defendant told the court that she doesn't want to leave her husband because of her child.

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