A Lagos Customary Court sitting in Lagos island, on Thursday, March 2nd dissolved the marriage of Nollywood star Emeka Ike and his embattled wife Suzanne Emma. The court ruled around midday that the two can 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, marked LCC/15/2015, filed by the actor’s wife.
Other members of the panel are: Mrs. Opeyemi Olanrewaju and Mr Kehinde Jacob Olayinka.
In its judgment, the court stated: “From all the evidence before the court, the marriage between the couple had broken down and it is 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 them. The court said any party that is dissatisfied with the judgment should file an appeal within 30 days.
In the suit she filed before the court, Emma accused Emeka of incessant beating, molestation and torture, which she said she could no longer endure.
But, Emeka in his response, pleaded with the court not to dissolve the marriage, while denying ever beating, molesting or torturing his wife.
Rather, he claimed that his wife had moved out of their matrimonial home five times without any reason.
He also informed the court that trouble began in their marriage from the time his wife had to pay the school fees of their children.
In an interview with Newsmakers after the judgment, Emma expressed satisfaction with the court’s decision.
She stated: “I am delighted with the judgement. I am happy that the court granted my request.”
She also said she had no plans to remarry, while advising other women going through what she experienced to be bold enough to file for divorce to set themselves free.
The separated couple had been living together for 17 years, but they formally got married in 2014, in Lagos.