A Lagos Island Customary Court has put an end to a long unsavory marriage of Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike and his wife, Suzanne Emma, as the court ordered the estranged lovers to go their separate ways.
The three-man panel that dissolved the seventeen year-old union was presided over by Chief Awos Awosola. Other members of the panel are: Mrs. Opeyemi Olanrewaju and Mr Kehinde Jacob Olayinka.
The court while delivering judgment in the suit marked LCC/15/2015, filed before the court by Emma against the Nollywood actor, said “from all evidence before the court, the marriage between the couple had broken down, and it’s irreconcilable, consequently, the marriage is hereby dissolved”.
The court, however granted Emeka the custody of the four children, but ordered that their mother should be granted unhindered access to the children.
The court however ordered that any party that is dissatisfied with the judgment should appeal within 30 days.
The court also received a photocopy of a bank draft of
N300, dated July 20, 2016, which Emma used in refunding the bride price, paid to her family during their marriage.
The estranged wife of the Nollywood actor, in the petition filed before the court accused Emeka of incessant beating, molestation, and torture, which she said she could no longer endure.
But Emeka in his response, while pleading with the court not to dissolve the marriage denied ever beating, molesting or torturing his wife. He rather informed the court that his wife had moved out of their matrimonial home five times without any reason.
He also informed the court that the only time ‘devil’ entered their marriage, was when his wife paid for the children’s school fees.
Speaking to our reporter after the Judgment, the petition said: am delighted with the Judgment. I’m happy that court granted my request.”
Emma who said she is not thinking of a second marriage, advised other women who are going through what she experienced, to be bold enough in approaching the court so that they can live a free life.
The separated couple had lived together for over 17 years, but had their marriage contracted at Alagbole area of Lagos in 2014.
Their marriage was blessed with four children.
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