26th August, 2015
The battle between a husband and his wife over property has taken a new dimension as the man has dragged the woman and her alleged lover to the dreaded Okija shrine in Anambra State, southeast Nigeria.
The woman, Mrs Blessing Okpoko, who is a regional manager of a new generation bank, reported the latest development to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, who summoned to a meeting over the matter.
Blessing informed the CP that her estranged husband, Ifeanyi Okpoko, has taken further step by going to the dreaded Okija shrine to report her and she has been summoned to appear at the shrine.
Ifeanyi confirmed that he took her not only to Okija shrine but to seven other shrines in Igbo land since she claimed that he did not contribute anything to the acquisition of their property that is now the subject of litigation.
He said he went to consult the oracles to decide and punish quickly any of them and their supporters making false claims over the property.
Ifeanyi said Blessing was using her position as a senior bank staff to make some people believe that she owned their joint property, adding that was why he decided to go the oracles so that the truth would be established.
CP Owoseni, during the meeting with them to resolve the issue, lambasted Ifeanyi and Blessing for their conduct and wondered whether the couple had relatives and elders in their communities that could not resolve the issue amicably.
On Saturday, 12 August, suspected thugs were arrested and charged before Isolo Magistrates’ Court for their alleged involvement in the pulling down of a furniture factory in Ajao Estate.
The police at Ajao Estate division also arrested Blessing in connection with the demolition of the factory owned by Okpoko.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the couple had been at loggerheads and had gone to a Lagos High Court seeking for the dissolution of their 13-year old marriage that produced three daughters.
The suit was still pending at the court when the thugs invaded the factory kown as Multicraft Interior located a 14, Alhaji Lukeman Atobajeun Street, Ajao Estate, and pulled down the structure.
Properties worth millions of naira were also destroyed.
At the station, Blessing told our correspondent that she contracted those who went to demolish the place because the land was not in dispute and as such it belonged to her.
She said she went to Alausa and obtained the necessary documents for the demolition and that she has documents which show that she owns the land.