Popular Nigerian movie actor Emeka Ike has informed 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 estranged wife, Emma Ike, reports Vanguard.
Emma, who has been married to the Nollywood star for 16 years, filed for divorce in court in 2015, claiming that her estranged husband Mr Ike used to batter her incessantly.
Mr Ike, however, denies the claims. Instead, he has begged the Lagos court not to separate him from Emma.
“I still love my wife,” he said before the court on Tuesday, July 12 proceedings.
Emeka’s lawyer, Mr Abdul Labi-Lawal, informed the court that his client had filed a stay of proceedings before a High Court in Lagos.
Emeka Ike’s application sought the High Court’s declaration that the Lagos Island Customary Court lacked required jurisdiction to determine the Ike’s divorce suit.
The application stated 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.
Emeka Ike also applied for a permanent 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, Mr 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.