Emeka Ike, who claims to have been blindsided by his divorce, insists that he loves hie ex-wife and would take her back if only she confesses.
The Nollywood actor made this revelation during an interview with Vanguard, despite the fact that his wife was the one who asked for the divorce in the face of all his pleas.
When asked why he seems to have taken a long break from acting, Ike said, "I tried to restructure the man, Emeka Ike. Emeka Ike is a leader and as a leader, you need to appraise and reappraise your empire and achievements. So, I have been appraising my constituency and I am happy that we are moving forward. At a point, you relocated to Abuja from Lagos."
The actor who recently relocated from Lagos to Abuja, had this to say about his move.
"I felt that my life was seriously threatened in Lagos. I have said it before that I am going to arrest some people very soon. In fact, some people took advantage of the AGN crisis to threaten my life and all that will be sorted out very soon by the police. I relocated to Abuja to avoid a situation where I would be walking on the streets of Lagos and a criminal would gun me down.
"I used my discretion to stay away while I watched from afar what was happening in Lagos. That was why that woman (his ex wife) is no longer living with me. God knows I am not a wife beater. I didn’t touch her and my children testified to that in court. I don’t know what came over her and who used her to blackmail me. But all that will be unravelled soon."
When asked about the truth behind the domestic violence accusations thrown at him by his ex-wife, he said:
"Have you watched that one movie, where the wife was saying “everything is alright between me and my husband. He takes care of me and provides all my needs”. That was the situation between my wife and I. If I didn’t know I would have blamed her sudden change of character on my enemies. I love her so much.
"Why would she blackmail me by claiming that I was always beating her up when I didn’t. To avoid the disturbing mess, I had to abandon my businesses and house in Lagos and find a new life in Abuja."
Ike went on to add that he had not seen the divorce coming and he had not been prepared.
"I wasn’t. I don’t even believe we are divorced and I cannot remarry again. I am a real Christian and Christians don’t divorce. I told the court that I’m not divorcing my wife but they went ahead and got an injunction against a High Court order.
"I must see to the end of this matter because they have put my children out there without a mother. She’s in pain wherever she is right now because I know they are dealing with her. I learnt that she was beaten black and blue by one wife snatcher sometime ago, beside Mobil Petrol Station on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. My own wife beaten up like a common criminal!
"I want to know what has gone wrong with my wife, I want to know the devil that is behind this. What is the extent of blackmail that brought her to this degrading level? The Inspector General of Police will be investigating into the matter very soon. While doing this, I have to stay away from Lagos because they could be after me.'
Recall that Ike once accused Pastor Chris Okotie of Household of God Church International Ministries, of being the brain behind his marital crisis.
While addressing this issues, he said, "The guy who is confusing my wife attends his church. He’s one of the elders of the church. It’s a church arrangement. When there is crisis in the family, a true man of God should invite both husband and wife with the aim of resolving their differences but Chris Okotie refused to pick my calls.
"Whenever I called him on the telephone, he usually avoided my calls. As a man of God, he was supposed to use his position to save our marriage. I didn’t chase my wife out of my house, I wanted Chris Okotie to advise her to return to her husband but he refused to pick my calls.
"He did not bother to find out what went wrong between us. While I am still alive, my wife was demanding that I should ‘will’ part of my property to her. She shut down a school I spent millions of naira to establish.
"Who was telling her to make such a demand? Where is she taking the property to? What happens to our children who will inherit my property? She was insisting on getting her own share of my property.
"At that point, I had to leave Lagos for Abuja because some people were strongly behind her and my life was no longer safe. But I’m coming back to Lagos soon.
"My house and property are still in Lagos. Nothing is hidden under the earth that cannot be unearthed someday. She blackmailed me for what I am not. You will feel sorry for a man whose wife was blackmailed to blackmail the entire family."
When asked about his feelings for Emma after all that has happened between them, Ike expressed undying love for her, while asking her to confess the truth as a condition for him to take her back.
"Love never dies. Real love doesn’t die, forget what we are talking about. The Bible says that “love covers multitude of sin.” She’s the mother of my children. She was nobody when I met her, she never knew her father.
"I built a house for her family in Lagos and also in Isoko. I trained her up to the master’s degree level. I gave her the exposure she needed in life. There are thousands of pretty girls who would want to marry me the first week we got divorced. But I am a gentleman, it is not about marriage for me now, it’s about doing the right thing.
"What is wrong with my woman? If it’s something we can redeem her from, we will still redeem her. Forget about marrying her again. I don’t need to marry again, but I need to know what was wrong with my wife. I need to know why she started blackmailing me.
"Accepting her back is not the problem, but let her confess and get herself back. I believe she’s under the influence of something."
Vanguard reportedly reached out to Emma on the issue, but she insisted that she has moved on with her life and that the marriage is over.
“The marriage is over. I have moved on with my life. I am not willing to talk about it again. His actions have not shown that he’s remorseful."
You will recall that Emma accused the father-of-four of domestic violence and petitioned the courts on July 13, 2015, for a divorce which was granted earlier this year.
She accused him of physical and verbal abuse throughout the 14 years of their marriage.
Although the actor did his best to plead with Emma to change her mind, as well as the courts to save his marriage, the marriage was dissolved with Ike being granted sole custody for their four children.