High Court in Lagos State has granted Emeka Ike's application for stay of his wife, Emma Ike's divorce proceedings.
The Nollywood actor has reportedly moved his divorce case to a High court in a bid to contest his wife's request for a divorce from him.
Ike is reported to have informed a Lagos Island Customary Court that he has filed an application before a High Court restraining the lower court from hearing the divorce suit filed against him by his estranged wife.
Emma has been bent on seeing the dissolution of her 16-year-old marriage over claims of domestic violence.
Ike has continued to deny the claims, pleading with the court to not separate them as he still loves his wife and wants her back.
Ike's defence lawyer, Mr Abdul Labi-Lawal, reportedly informed the court today, July 12, 2016, that his client has filed a stay of proceedings before a High Court in Lagos.
The Nation reports that the application sought the declaration of the High Court that the Lagos Island Customary Court lacked requisite jurisdiction to entertain and determine Ike’s divorce suit, noting that the marriage between the since estranged couple was conducted in Enugu State under the Igbo customs and traditions.
Ike went on to ask the High Court to declare all the proceedings already conducted by the Lagos Island Customary Court in respect of couple’s marriage, null and void.
Emma's defence lawyer, Mr Iheanyi Awa, reportedly opposed the application, stating that it had been aimed at nullifying the courts judgement, and that neither himself nor his client had been served with the said application.
Speaking during the court session, Awa said:
“It is an attempt to arrest the judgment of the court, I am aware that the respondent wants to arrest the judgment which is to be delivered today.
“The stay of proceedings has been decided for a long time and court has ruled that it has jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
“It is a ploy to frustrate my client, they just want to delay the judgment till another day. The court should give its judgment and if they are not satisfied, they can appeal."
The High court, after listening to both parties went on to grant the stay of the proceedings, as the case was adjourned.
Ike has earlier revealed that he and Emma are working out their differences during an interview that went haywire when he was asked about the situation of things between himself and Emma but this proves that things are far from okay between the pair.