Kalu Ikeagwu, a Nollywood actor, has taken his wife to court for abandoning their marital home. Kalu Ikeagwu and Ijeoma were married in November 2015, and their church wedding took place in June 2016.
They have two children: a son and Ijeoma’s daughter, whom he adopted. The marriage has already ended, with the actor recently telling an Ikeja High Court how his estranged wife, Ijeoma, allegedly fled their matrimonial house and barred him from seeing their two children.
In addition, the star wants full custody of his three-year-old son and ten-year-old stepdaughter.
Under cross-examination by the respondent’s counsel, S.I. Amedu, Ikeagwu stated that his wife had packed and sent him a mail stating that she was going to her father’s house in Enugu.
“She told me she was at her father’s place in Enugu and four days later, I saw her at the airport in Lagos, heading to God knows where. In the mail she sent, she said she was In Enugu,” he said.
Ikeagwu also denied throwing his wife and children out of the house and failing to pay for their needs. The actor also testified in court that his wife refused him s-x and splashed water on him while he slept.
“After the birth of our son, she has refused to have s-x with me. I was not aware she lost the pregnancy due to an infection as I did not give her any infection. Till date, I have not seen any report attached to a document that she lost a baby through STD. Though I did not ask her why she lost the baby,” he said.
Ikeagwu stated that he stopped giving money to the children for upkeep and maintenance since his wife refused to acknowledge him as the father of his stepdaughter.
He went on to say that this was after she accused him of trying to sleep with the child and she refused to acknowledge the money he sent her.
The actor explained that he was seeking custody of his stepdaughter, for whom he had previously requested revocation of guardianship because he had knowledge that his wife wanted to relocate the children.
Justice Christopher Balogun had previously ordered the children to play with their father in court and the respondent to provide the children’s tuition price receipts.
The judge stated that giving him custody of his daughter while the mother is still living would be challenging.
“The Supreme Court ruled that it is not the wealth of a father that the children of that age need, they need the care and attention of their biological mother.
“The only reason the girl child should not be in the custody of the mother is if the mother is mentally derailed or the issue of infidelity is involved.
“Assuming the girl starts her monthly period, you as a father do not know what to do. You will be scared of the blood. A female girl is delicate. Your own case is worse because an accusation has been leveled against you,”
The judge postponed the hearing until June 23.