Nurse sacks husband for repeatedly infecting her with STDs
7/5/2012 12:00:21 AM -
Divorce cases sometimes are so knotty that even the court has difficulty adjudicating. Such was the case when John Eze, a father of two fervently begged the court not to sever his seven-year-old marriage which his wife was bent on having dissolved by law. The embattled man swallowed his pride and was almost kneeling before his wife right inside the court begging her to withdraw her divorce suit against him.
However, his wife, Ebun Eze, a trained midwife working with a Specialist Hospital in Okokomaiko, filed for divorce on the grounds of her husband's adultery. According to the embittered woman, who alleged she was the breadwinner of the family since her husband's business collapsed, her husband not only turned adultery into a hobby but had continued to contract and infect her with different types of sexually transmitted diseases. Even after she'd treated him, he repeatedly came back with new infections.
The court heard from her: 'At first it was staphylococcus. He bought some herbal concoctions to treat himself but it didn't yield any result. Consequently I had to take it up from there with orthodox medications. Finally he got a clean system, I pleaded with him to stay away from other women in order to avoid a repeat of the infection. But my advice fell on deaf ears. Few months later, he contracted Gonorrhea. We battled that together too, because if I don't treat him very well, he would certainly infect me with the disease.
Since then, it was just from one STD/STI to another. My health and well-being is at stake. He doesn't contribute positively to my life and that of the children, instead he is bent on spreading his infections to everyone around him,' she argued.
When her husband took the stand, while he did not rebut her allegations, he gave a contrary account. He averred that his wife abandoned their matrimonial home three years ago, after which she sent him a text message informing him that her pastor gave her a serious warning to stay away from her husband or incur the wrath of God.
His words: 'In June, 2009, my wife came back one night, after spending several weeks in her father's house. The next morning, she told me that she was going to Ogbomosho to visit her sick father. I was a bit annoyed because she didn't tell me earlier, but I had to let her go, since she used her father's illness as an excuse.
The next day, I called to find out if her journey was successful and when she would be returning to Lagos. Surprisingly, she refused to pick my calls. Sensing a foul play, I went to call her with a business line.
When she picked the call, she assured me that she would be returning home as soon as she was through. But 10 minutes later, I received her text message warning me to stay clear of her and desist from calling her and in no uncertain words told me that our marriage was over,' he narrated.
Confused and heartbroken by such odd text message, the embattled man made his way to his in-laws to lodge a complaint but met his wife there already. After series of discussions with her and family members, he was made to understand that the marriage was over.
All his attempts thereafter were exercises in futility. He was still trying to appease his wife when he suddenly got the divorce summons.
He however, took his appearance in court as another opportunity to break the deadlock as he begged the court to help him broker peace in almost a broken home. After listening to both parties, the president of the court, Alhaji T. A. Said, duly tried to convince the petitioner to give her husband a second chance, if not for anything but for the sake of their two children.
Unfortunately, she was obstinate as she stood her grounds for dissolution. The court finally dissolved the seven-year -union.