Emeka Ike tells Court to stop wife’s divorce bid

Emeka Ike tells Court to stop wife’s divorce bid
July 12 20:20 2016

Movie star, Emeka Ike has begun moves to frustrate his wife, Emma’s bid to end their 16-year old union

The famous thespian told a Lagos Island Customary Court that he had
filed an application before a High Court restraining the
lower court from hearing the divorce suit filed by his wife.

Emma had sometime in 2015 approached the court to
dissolve the union between her and the
Nollywood actor on grounds of incessant battery.

The actor had denied the allegation
and begged the court not to separate them, saying “I
still love my wife’’.

When the matter which was slated for judgment came
up on Tuesday, Emeka’s lawyer, 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,  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 Ike’s divorce
suit.

The application noted that the marriage between the
estranged couple was conducted in Enugu State under
the Igbo customs and traditions.

Emeka 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.

The Nollywood actor 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 at the High Court.

Opposing the application, Emma’s lawyer,  Iheanyi
Awa urged the court to discontinue the stay of
application and deliver judgment.

Awa, who said Emeka’s application was aimed at
arresting the court’s judgment, informed the court that
neither his client nor himself had been served with the
application.

“It is an attempt to arrest the judgment of the court, I
am aware that the respondent wants to arrest the
judgment 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 my client, they just want to
delay the judgment till another day.
“The court should give its judgment and if they are not
satisfied, they can appeal,” he said.

After listening to the submissions of both parties, the
court said; “In view of the submission of the
respondent, the stay of proceedings is hereby granted,
and the matter is hereby adjourned sine die.’’