Wife tells court husband used child's bones for rituals

In a Magistrate Court in Abeokuta on Wednesday, Basirat Oluwole, whose husband had instituted a divorce case against her, shocked the court when she alleged that her husband is a ritualist.

Mrs Oluwole said her husband, Tajudeen Oluwole, a Caterpillar Driver, had used the bones of their dead child for traditional rituals. She said her husband took possession of the bones of one of her twin children who died shortly after birth. 

According to the defendant in the divorce suit, many months after the death of her baby, she uncovered the bone wrapped with inscription ‘Eegun Kehinde’, translated Kehinde’s bone, inside her husband’s wardrobe.

“I want to passionately appeal to court to help retrieve the dried bone of our deceased twin baby from him. The baby died before her naming ceremony, but her twin sister is still alive. I don’t even know where the corpse was buried.

“I discovered the bone of the baby inside his wardrobe wrapped in a paper with inscription ‘Eegun Kehinde’. I beg the court to help recover the bone from him,” she passionately appealed to the court.

The couple, in their individual submissions, asked the court to dissolve the 17 year old marriage. Both are however grappling over who will take custody of the children.

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While delivering judgment, the court explained that its role is only to address matrimonial affairs. The judge declined to address the ritual accusation.

The judge, Israel Isola Fajebe, dissolved the marriage and referred the child custody issue to Juvenile Court. 

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