The Librarian described his marriage with his 55 years old wife as a bitter experience full of ups and downs, saying that she inflicted untold pains on him, reasons for which he is setting her aside, together with their six children.
Womboh, 67, brought the marriage to an end through an Oath of Affidavit, which he took in a Federal High Court, sitting in Yola, disowning both wife and children, stressing that he was fed up with the marriage. He cites threat to life and many years of unfaithfulness as reasons for his action, adding that “there is no longer love in the marriage.’’
He further told the court that he had tried several times to reconcile their differences, but all his efforts have proved abortive.
“There were several attempts to hold reconciliation meeting with Grace Ayoo, her children and family members, but all to no avail. Even a meeting convened at the instance of her pastor at NKST Akaajime was rebuffed,’’ he noted.
In the affidavit, Professor Womboh said that out of sympathy and his friendship to late Pastor Jacob Ayoo, he joined in wedlock with Grace Ayoo in August 1969 at Makurdi.
Womboh further said thathis wife had given away the six children of the marriage, keeping only one boy for him, who he claims is a legal practitioner in Makurdi, Benue State.
“Grace Ayoo took away six girls and one boy, and swore they were not my children. And to make matters worse, she married a securityman from the then Benue Cement Company (now Dangote Cement Company) and sued me for divorce at a magistrate court in Makurdi.
“The court case was struck out because the man she married died, and she stopped coming to court.
“But as a result of Grace Ayoo deserting the marriage at various times, I had to marry three other wives “in succession”, which means that as any of them left, he had to marry another one, because ‘I do not want to be a bachelor at any point in time’.
“When Grace Ayoo was brought back in 1999, she refused to recognise these three wives and their four children. On June 9, 2014, she invited me to her residence at Gboko, and dictated new marital terms as follows: ‘Drive away the other three wives,’ and failure to comply, she vowed to take away the six children from me and give them to her elder brother, Mr. Atile Ayoo, to be their father, just as she threatened to organise people to assassinate me, drive away the three wives and their children, and take all of my property.’’