Things have fallen apart and the center can no longer hold, as the Holy Church of God seem to have been desecrated by the leaders, thus the Founder and his wife are fighting dirty in court over the case of gross infidelity.
Pastor Amadi Ibeh and his wife have become frequent visitors to Grade A Customary Court Ojo in attempt to end their 7-year old marriage over the case of severe infidelity, battering, lack of respect, no more love and more.
According to the petitioner, Mrs. Gloria Ibeh, their marital problems escalated when she started noticing unusual closeness between her husband and some female members of the church.
“At first, I mistook their closeness for maybe follow up on deliverance or counselling.
Then I started hearing rumours of how he has been desecrating the house of God by having carnal knowledge of some of his prayer partners. I openly confronted him and he denied it vehemently,” she lamented.
After the first encounter trying to make her husband desist from his unholy shenanigans, it was a flop. Yet the speculation kept disturbing her and was at the verge of tearing the church apart.
Taking another bold step of courage, the self acclaimed prophetess asked her husband again about the ‘sex in the church’ accusation but painfully she got the beatings of her life.
“I couldn’t condone it any more; it was becoming so glaring and disturbing. As a wife who cares about her husband and the welfare of the church, I asked him again if he has anything sexual relationship with some women in the church, but he descended on me and hit me mercilessly. His beatings later became constant and our marriage began to fell apart,” she said.
Since all her efforts to make her husband turn a new leaf fell on deaf ears, Gloria resulted for a formal dissolution of the union to give way for peace and the separation of their ministry.
Meanwhile, when the visibly embittered man was summoned into the evidence box to either affirm or deny the allegations leveled on him, it was a twist of tale from his account.
Amadi intensely denied soiling his hands in any form of adultery, but maintained that his wife was badly influenced by her friends and family who kept feeding her with false news and bad advice.
“I have tried all I can to make her believe in me and concentrate on taking our ministry to greater height but she wouldn’t listen.
I thought that my wife would one day change from her awkward behaviour but to my utmost dismay, I came back from my office one fateful day to meet my house deserted. She had parked out all her belongings including mine. Varying from my money, clothes, and other accessories. And till date, she is yet to return them back to me.
I am also fed up with her behavior but I don’t want to quit the union. I believe that with God everything is possible. I plead with the honorable court to intercede on my behalf to beg her to come back home.”
After listening to both parties, the members of the court tried to mediate and broker peace between them but the woman was adamant and insisted on divorce and nothing less.
However the bride price paid on her was advised to be returned as a starting point for the divorce proceedings. But Amadi argued that he and family paid N20, 000 but Gloria and family insisted it was N6, 000.
The President of the court, advised them to go back home to reach an agreement on how much was actually paid. He thereby adjourned the case to later date for further hearing.