A Benin High Court presided over by Justice Joseph Acha has reaffirmed its stand in the ongoing divorce suit between a Lagos- based businessman, Chief Leemon Ikpea and his wife, Mrs Agnes Ikpea in Benin City.
The case with Suit No. B/747D/2020 came for hearing when the trial Judge ruled that the court has not withheld its previous ruling from the case pending the determination on the motion on notice.
Justice Acha further stated that the court was yet to receive the decision of the Chief Judge of the State, Hon Justice Esther Edigin upon the petition vide by the respondent, Mrs Agnes Ikpea.
Justice Acha also called on counsel not to misinform the public through the media as it would lead to the destruction of the judicial Institution, just as he maintained that he cannot be subjected to cheap blackmail in the press.
Meanwhile, the petitioner Chief Ikpea had prayed the court through his counsel G. C. Igbokwe, SAN that the respondent Mrs Agnes Ikpea’s behavior had become canter carious, and her attitude had robbed the marriage of love and affection. This had made the home uncomfortable for both of them to live in.
He also averred that he had not conjured any conjugal duties with the respondent for the past ten years, with no communication or marital relationship as they live in the same house as strangers.
In response, the respondent counsel, Mr orji Uka discountenanced the submission of the counsel as he described his client as nothing short of a good and loyal wife to the applicant.
The subsisting ruling of the court after the submission from counsels of both parties granted the prayers of the petitioner, Chief Leemon Ikpea that the respondent, Mrs Agnes Ikpea to relocate to an alternative apartment apart from the Banana Island in Lagos in order for them to be alive to face the substantive suit on motion.
The court however made no order to cost but restrained the respondent from confronting, molesting, harassing, intimidating and causing or threatening violence against the petitioner, domestic and business staff, relatives, friends or interfering with the petitioners business or domestic life pending the determination of the substantive petition.
Justice Acha, however, adjourned the case to April 22, 2021 for hearing