Emeka was not present in court on July 22, his lawyer Abdul’Hakeem Labi-Lawal told the court that his client won’t be able to show up in court due to his health.
Abdul’Hakeem said “My client is ill but I will try my best possible he comes on the next adjourned date. We indulge the court to give us six months from this day to see if there is possibility of settlement between the couple,”
Emma said six months is too long. “The last time I wanted to speak with our children, it was my mother-in-law who picked the call and asked if I had read Exodus 21 which says that if I go, I shouldn’t return.” she said.
The court’s president, Chief Awos Awosola said “I am expecting Emeka Ike in this court if he really wants settlement.”
Mrs Ike told the newspaper that “Over two years since I left the house, he never taught of reconciliation. He had every opportunity to ask me to return but he didn’t. So why now?”
She said Emeka refused to return their kids after he promised to bring them back to her when she traveled for her mother’s burial in February.
According to Emma, “He promised to bring them to me immediately I returned from my mother’s burial but he didn’t. Even when he didn’t allow me access to see our children, I spoke with them on several occasions but now, he doesn’t allow me anymore. My children are now against me,”
“If I was still with him, I may not survive. I was 19-year old when I met him and he was the one who deflowered me. I see no reason I shouldn’t be treated with utmost respect. Due to physical torture, my health has been affected. There was even a time I thought I had breast cancer because I felt a lump on one part of my breast.”
In tears, Mrs Emma said “I almost went mad when my first son told me on phone that if I truly loved them, I wouldn’t have abandoned them. Even my seven-year-old son whose day wouldn’t be complete without seeing me said he doesn’t love me. I love my children. I miss my children. I never abandoned them. I am in pain. They don’t have any other mother. I really need my children. I am a good woman; I endured so many things as his wife”