Pastor Impregnates Two Church Members
A woman has accused her pastor-husband of impregnating two of his church members, consequently seeking the dissolution of their 18-year marriage.
In her petition before a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, Grace Adekunle had accused her husband, Pastor Adeyemi Adekunle, of neglect, irresponsibility and abandonment.
The claimant, a school teacher, had informed the court that her husband, a pastor, abandoned her and fornicated with his female church followers.
Grace said, “First, Adeyemi has shown no form of responsibility on any of the five children and me since he became a pastor a number of years ago.
“Adeyemi neither makes provision for their feeding nor sends them to school. One message Adeyemi has repeatedly passed to me is that I shouldn’t expect him to send the children to school because he is a poor man of God.
“He also said that I saw him as a pastor before I willingly married him. As a result, none of our children whose ages range between eight and 16 is currently in school. I have spent all I have on the children, with little or no success so far. Worse still, Adeyemi has been sleeping with the female worshippers in his church and has impregnated two of them,” she said.
The respondent was, however, absent in court when he was called to respond to the allegations.
The court’s bailiff informed the arbitrators that he had served several hearing notices on the respondent without any response.
President of the court, Ademola Odunade, thereafter dissolved that marriage. He held that the dissolution became necessary because there was no more love between the two.
In his judgement, he said, “In the interest of peaceful coexistence, the union between Grace and Adeyemi has ceased to be. Custody of the four older children produced by the union is granted to Adeyemi, while Grace is allowed to take the last because of his age.
“The respondent shall pay a monthly allowance of N5,000, in addition to being responsible for his education and other welfare.”