The popular Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike, in a bid to save his marriage from total collapse, on Tuesday told a Customary Court on Lagos Island, Lagos to discontinue hearing of a divorce suit his estranged wife, Emma Suzanne Ike filed against him.
Emeka’s wife, had sometimes in 2015, approached the Customary Court to separate the 16 years union between her and the Nollywood actor, on alleged incessant battery.
The allegation, which the actor have vehemently denied, and begged the court not to separate them, saying that he still loves his wife.
During the hearing of the suit today, which was slated for judgment, Emeka’s lawyer, Mr. A. Labi-Lawal, informed the court that his client has filed a stay of proceedings application before a High Court of Lagos State.
The application marked FCMP/20054/16, which has Emma Ike, the Customary Court’s President, Chief Awos Awosola as the first and second defendants, is seeking court’s declaration that the Customary Court of Lagos state lack requisite jurisdiction to entertain and determine the divorce suit.
He stated that his marriage between them was conducted in Enugu State, under Igbo Customs and traditions.
Emeka is also urging the High Court to declare that all the proceedings the Customary Court of Lagos State already conducted in respect of the couple’s marriage which was conducted in Enugu state of Nigeria, under Igbo Customs and traditions are null and void.
The Nollywood actor also wants a perpetual injunction restraining the Customary Court’s President, Chief Awosola and any other person appointed in the capacity of entertaining, and/ or continuing the proceedings in respect of the couple’s divorce suit, whose marriage was conducted in Enugu state of Nigeria, under Igbo Customs and traditions are null and void.
Labi-lawal therefore urged the court to stay proceedings on the suit pending the hearing and determination of the suit at the High Court.
Opposing the application, lawyer to Emma Suzanne Ike, Mr. Iheanyi Awa, urged the court to discontinuance the stay of proceedings application, and go ahead to deliver the judgement.
Awa who argued that the application was aimed at arresting the court’s judgment, also informed the court that neither his client nor him has been serve with the application.
He said: “it is an attempt to arrest the judgement of the court. I am aware of the respondent to arrest the judgement which is to be delivered today. The stay of proceedings has been decided for a long time, and court has ruled that it has jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
“It is a ploy to frustrate the matter, they just wants delay the till another day. The court should give its judgment; if they are not satisfied they can appeal.”
After listened to the submissions of parties, the three-man panel ruled that: “in view of the submission of the respondent, the stay of proceedings is hereby granted and the matter is hereby adjourned sine die (till further notice)”.
In the divorce saga, Emeka Ike had alleged that Rev. Chris Okotie of Household of God Church is the one behind the crisis rocking his marriage.