A Lagos customary court dissolved the 15 year-old marriage between Obiora Onwutalu and his wife Ogonna Onwutalu. 50-year-old Obiora Onwutalu was accused by his wife of watching pornographic movies with their three children –14-year-old daughter, two sons, aged 13 and 9 years old respectively. Ogonna accused him of not being a good role model and being a bad influence on the kids.
PM News Reports: Ogonna had asked the Ejigbo Customary Court to dissolve their marriage because her husband was a bad influence on their daughter and. Testifying before the court, Ogonna said she was shocked to hear from their children about the pornographic film they watched, which was bought by her husband.
Ogonna said she destroyed the film but her husband bought another one without considering the adverse effect it would have on the children. Ogonna told the court that Obiorah’s attitude made her to stop loving him and that she has lost interest in their marriage. She also alleged that Obiorah had attempted to poison their children by forcing them to eat spoiled food and to use soap to brush their teeth. She said when the incidents happened, she reported to the police at Ejigbo division but the matter was settled out of court.
She also alleged that her husband did not take good care of her and the children. Ogonna told the court that though Obiorah properly married her by paying her bride price according to their tradition in their Oba town in Anambra State and brought her to Lagos, he did not relate well with her family, especially her mother before she died. Obiorah denied all the allegations levelled against him by his wife.
He told the court that his estranged wife knew about the pornographic film because they agreed to buy it when they had just got married in 1999. He further claimed that they usually watched the film together.
Obiorah denied encouraging the children to watch the film, insisting that he did not know that the children were watching the film until his wife raised the issue. He also told the court that his wife lied that he did not take care of her family and attempted to poison the children. He said his wife started misbehaving because he was facing challenges in his business.
Obiorah told the court he is ready to reconcile with his wife. After the parties concluded their testimonies in court, the president of the court, Mr B.A. Akano adjourned the marriage for judgement. When the matter came up on Monday, the court noted that the relationship have broken down irretrievably and dissolved the marriage.