A three-man customary court panel in Lagos on Thursday dissolved the marriage between Nollywood actor Emeka Ike and his wife, Suzanne Emma.
The panel presided over by Chief Awo Awosola, dissolved the 17- year old union while delivering judgment in a marriage petition filed by Suzanne.
The other judges were Kehinde Jacob Olayinka and Opeyemi Olanrewaju, the lone female.
The court said the evidence before it was positive that the marriage between the couple had broken down.
“It is irreconcilable, consequently, the marriage is dissolved,” it ruled.
The court granted Emeka the custody of the four children but ordered that their mother should be granted unhindered access to them, adding that any party that is dissatisfied with the judgement should appeal within 30 days.
The court also received a photocopy of a bank draft of N300, dated July 20, 2016, which Suzanne used in refunding the bride price paid upon her for their marriage.
In her petition, Emeka’s estranged wife had accused the actor of incessant beating, molestation, and torture, which she said she could no longer endure.
But pleading with the court not to dissolve the marriage, Emeka had denied ever beating, molesting or torturing his wife, saying his wife had moved out of their matrimonial home five times without any reason.
He told the court that the only time the “devil” entered their marriage was when his wife paid the children’s school fees.
Suzanne, who said she is not thinking of a marriage, advised other women who are going through what she experienced, to be bold enough to file for divorce.
The couple wedded in the Alagbole area of Lagos in 2004.