Suzanne, a teacher, had on July 13, 2015, approached the court to dissolve the 14-year-old marriage between her and Emeka.
A three-man panel of the court presided by Chief Awos Awisola, on Thursday, ordered the estranged lovers to go there different ways.
The court ruled:
“Emeka, who has been begging to be reconciled with his wife, has not made any effort towards the reconciliation.”
“The marriage is hereby dissolved with effect from March 2, in accordance with the Lagos State Customary Court Law, 2011; Order 3 Rule 7 as amended.”
“Any party that is not satisfied with the judgment has the right to appeal to any court of higher jurisdiction within 30 days from today,’’
Awosola however awarded the custody of their four children to the husband and ordered that the wife must have unhindered access to them.
The court ruled that N300 paid as Suzanne’s bride price had been returned to Emeka and urged both parties to maintain peace.
The mother of four had earlier told the court that her husband had been physically and verbally abusing her all through the duration of their marriage.
“My husband treated me like nobody and throughout this divorce tussle; he had denied me access to my children”
“He does not allow them to pick my call as he keeps changing their numbers.”
“The last time I heard my first son’s voice was when he was sick and about to undergo surgery.”
“It was a friend who informed me that my son was in the hospital and I called Emeka asking him for the location of the hospital but he refused to disclose that.”
Emeka Ike who for many years had been a popular face on the screens has become visibly absent from the movie industry. Lets hope that the resolution of his marital crisis fosters some sort of professional resurrection.