Finally, a Lagos Island Customary Court, on Thursday, put an end to the marriage of Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike and his estranged wife, Suzanne Emma, as the court ordered the two to go their separate ways.
The three-man panel presided over by Chief Awos Awosola, dissolved the 17 years old union, while delivering judgment in a marriage dissolution suit filed by the estranged wife of the Nollywood actor, Emma.
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 Judgement should appeal within 30 days.
The court also received the photocopy of a bank draft of N300,000 dated July 20, 2016, which the 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 torture his wife.
He rather informed the court that his wife had move 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 Judgement, the petition said: “am delight with the Judgement. Am happy that court granted my request.”
Emma, who said she is not thinking of 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’s marriage is blessed with four children.