The famous Nollywood Actor, Emeka Ike has reportedly filed an application before a High Court to restrain a lower court from hearing the divorce suit against him by his estranged wife, Emma. The couple has been in a divorce feud over a long period, with the actor constantly denying it.
Emeka Ike’s wife, Emma had sometime in 2015 filed a divorce against him; appealing to the court to dissolve the 16 years union between her and the Nollywood actor on grounds of incessant battery.
The actor had vehemently denied the allegation and existence of a divorce feud and begged the court not to separate them, quote, “I still love my wife.”
In a defiant statement, Emeka Ike said:
“If my wife says I am a wife beater, the children would have witnessed such. I have a 14-year-old boy who is grown and has moustache now, you can ask him if I have ever beaten his mother. Never in my life have I raised my hand to beat my wife. I adore that woman and I love her a lot.
“If she wants to use my love against me, no problem and if people do not believe me, they should go to my former residence in Lagos to ask my neighbours if they ever heard that I beat my wife. Rather when my wife starts making noise like women normally do, I use that period to train my children.
“I would ask my children like this, ‘what do you do when a woman begins to nag at home?’ They would tell you that the next thing to do is pick your car keys and drive off. That is the normal training I give my sons so that they would never beat their wives. If my wife wants to leave me, she should have just said that it is due to irreconcilable differences and not that I am a wife beater.
“It would mean that she is trying to get unnecessary sympathy and I don’t think she would say such. When I showed my children what was on the internet, they were sad and said that it was a lie because I don’t beat their mother. I am a father of four children and I must protect them first before I even protect myself. That is why I would never say any bad thing about their mother.
“God would judge us all in life. Anyone who sees my wife should tell her to come back home to her children because they need her.”
When the matter which was slated for judgment came up on Tuesday, July 12, Emeka’s lawyer, Mr. Abdul Labi-Lawal informed the court that his client had filed a stay of proceedings before a High Court in Lagos.
The application marked FCMP/20054/16 had Emma and the Customary Court President, Mr Awos Awosola as the first and second defendants respectively.
The application sought the High Court’s declaration that the Lagos Island Customary Court lacked requisite jurisdiction to entertain and determine the Emeka Ike’s divorce suit. It noted that the marriage between the estranged couple was conducted in Enugu State under the Igbo customs and traditions.
Emeka Ike also urged the High Court to declare that all the proceedings already conducted by the Customary Court in respect of couple’s marriage be rendered null and void. He also applied for a perpetual injunction restraining the Customary Court’s President, Awosola, and any other person appointed in the capacity of entertaining and or continuing the proceedings in respect of the couple’s divorce suit.
Labi-lawal, therefore, urged the court to stay proceedings on the suit pending the hearing and determination of the suit over the divorce feud at the High Court.
Meanwhile Emma’s lawyer, Mr. Iheanyi Awa urged the court to discontinue the stay of application and deliver judgement. According to Awa, neither his client nor himself had been served with the application.
Why will Emeka Ike persistently say there is no divorce feud when his wife, Emma, so insists?