Divorce Petition: Court Adjourns Till 4 April


A Lagos businessman, Fidelis Chukwunmike Ogwugwa, will on 4 April this year open up his case in a divorce petition he filed against his wife, Charity Chineye Ogwugwa, as a Lagos high court has adjourned till that day to begin the trial of the case.

Sometime in 2010, in a divorce petition filed by Barrister Suleiman Ayinde Ogunleye on behalf of the petitioner, Fidelis Ogwugwa, alleged that two people cited in the petition, the Executive Director of Law Union and Rock Insurance Company, Mr. Olusegun Augustine Ilori, and a customer of the insurance company, Bennibor Onisoya, were having amorous affair with his wife, Charity Chineye Ogwugwa, who is the Head of Special Project of Law Union and Rock Insurance.

According to the averment contained in the petition for the dissolution of the marriage, the petitioner, a bachelor lawfully married got to the respondent on 25 November, 1994, then a spinster in accordance to the marriage act and they have been living together as husband and wife.The marriage was blessed with two children a boy and a girl until the petitioner started suspecting his wife who was always excusing herself to receive phone calls at odd hours of the day since 2003.

Mr. Ogwugwa, alleged further that between December, 2003 and February, 2004, he found an amorous text messages from Olusegun Ilori to his wife. He then called both of them and cautioned them about this misconduct in which the two of them denied the absence of any sexual relationship.

However, on the 18 April, 2010 the petitioner sent an e-mail that could be shared between lovers to his wife. She acknowledged the mail on 19 April, 2010, and shortly after she forwarded the same mail to Olusegun Ilori her Executive Director in the office and, in error, forwarded a copy to him.

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This opened the flood gate of suspicion that led to the discovery of several amorous e-mail messages between her and the Executive Director of Law Union and Rock Insurance.

The second person, Bennibor Onisoya, who is a client of Law Union and Rock Insurance Company was also alleged to have been locked in internet amorous chatting culminating in the exchange of photographs between the two of them on the net sometime in the year 2008.

The petitioner alleged further that when confronted, his wife confessed to having an adulterous and unprotected sex with the two people named on several occasions since February, 2004. “The two parties named are happily married while they have succeeded in ruining my matrimonial home,” the petitioner asserted.

In view of this scenario the petitioner is not only urging the court to dissolve the marriage on the ground that the marriage has broken down irretrievably, but to also award him the sum of N20 million against the two persons named as special and general damages for the trauma, trespass and irresponsibility of the two persons in the ruination of his matrimonial home. The petitioner is also seeking the custody of the two children of the marriage.

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