An Igando Customary Court on Friday granted the prayers of Pastor Goodness Enemechukwu after he had filed for divorce majorly because of his wife’s lack of respect and support.
“My wife is giving me a tough time; she does not respect me, she fights me and rains curses on me,’’ Goodness told the court.
He claimed that Augustina also refused to support his ministry, and that she discouraged worshippers from coming to the church.
“Because of her troubles, I had to leave the house for her and move to the camp.”
He prayed the court to dissolve the union to enable him to forge ahead in his pastoral work.
In her defense, Augustina denied the allegations, saying that she has been a submissive wife, but her husband couldn’t see that only because he was womanizing.
“About six members of the church have called me on phone, telling me to warn my husband. I told him to stop disgracing God and turn a new leaf, but he refused,” she said.
Pastor Goodness of the Jesus World Church had on September 4 filed for divorce.
The Court President, Mr Adewale Eko, held that Pastor Goodness Enemechukwu and Augustina were no longer husband and wife, as efforts of the court to save the 26 years union failed.
“This court has no choice than to dissolve the union, in spite of the fact that the wife still claims she loves her husband. The parties are free to go their separate ways,’’ he ruled.
He said three out of the seven children of the marriage, aged 25, 23, 21 were old enough to decide where to live.
“The custody of the remaining four children, who are under age, is hereby referred to the Family Court,” he said.
Eko ordered Pastor Goodness to pay N100,000 as rehabilitation cost to Augustina, and N10,000 monthly for the upkeep of the children while he should allow Augustina to pack her belongings from the house in the presence of some court officials and the police.