A paternity battle has erupted between a man and a herbalist who admitted to impregnating his wife, who is alleged to be his customer in Nigeria.
The incident occurred in Malaka village in Ogun State’s Owode-Obafemi Local Government Area. Sikiru Olaleye, the devastated husband, is not only concerned about his wife cheating on him; he is also at odds with the herbalist, Lamidi Ifaloba, over the paternity of the baby boy.
Olaleye, a 42-year-old native of Igbehin, also in the Owode-Obafemi Local Government Area, said he was shocked to learn that the child he believed to be his was actually the child of a local herbalist.
“I had never seen anything like this before, except in a movie,” he explained. My wife Shadiat and I had an argument, and she left with our son for her village of Iwo, Osun State.
“I went to her hometown and tried in vain to convince her parents to reconcile with us. I even offered Shadiat’s parents N12,000 to transport her back to my house, but she declined.
“So I gave up on the possibility of her returning to my home and took solace in the belief that when the time came, my son would return to me because I had done everything I could to make her return home.”
“I was surprised when some people in our neighborhood began mocking me because my son is related to a herbalist in a nearby village called Malaka.”
“His name is Lamidi Ifaloba, and he is a herbalist whom my wife visits, and he actually made some fertility concoctions for my wife when she was unable to conceive for about six years.”
“Ignorant of what was going on, I even took the baby to him three days after my wife gave birth for spiritual guidance on his (baby’s) future; a custom known in Yoruba culture as akosejaye.”
“Six days before the recent Eid-Maolud festival, Ifaloba came to me and confessed that he was actually the father of Sikiru’s child,” Ismaila Jinadu a.k.a. Erosion, who Ifaloba had told that he was the genuine father of the disputed boy, stated.
“Three days later, I called him again, and Ifaloba confirmed that he had visited Sikiru’s wife’s parents in Iwo, where he had also purchased a plot of land.”I later informed Sikiru, who was initially irritated that I had not informed him sooner. He did, however, have confirmation from residents that Ifaloba claimed to be Korede’s biological father.
“Sikiru is my cousin, and I cannot pray for bad things to happen to him, which is why I told him about Ifaloba’s paternity claim for his son.”I was the one who urged him to use the media to appeal to the public so that he did not lose everything since the herbalist had abducted his wife.”