THE union between Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike and his wife Suzanna Emma was on Thursday dissolved by a Lagos Island Customary Court.
The three-man panel presided over by Chief Awos Awosola, dissolved the 17 year old union, while delivering judgment in a marriage dissolution suit filed by the estranged wife of the actor. 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 its 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 the photocopy of a bank draft of N300, 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 pleaded 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 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.
The separated couple had been living together for over 17 years, but had their marriage contracted at Alagbole area, in Lagos, in the year 2014. Their marriage is blessed with four children.