Nollywood Actor, Kalu Ikeagwu has told an Ikeja High Court that his estranged wife, Ijeoma Eze, allegedly deserted their matrimonial home and prevented him from gaining access to their two children.
The British-born actor in the suit marked LD/8939HD/2021, is seeking the dissolution of his six-year-old marriage and also seeking full custody of his ten-year-old step-daughter and three-year-old son.
The estranged couple, who met at a movie location in Port-Harcourt in 2015 where Ijeoma was hired to make up the actors wedded in 2016 after having dated for three months.
Under cross-examination by the respondent’s counsel, Mrs S.I. Amedu, the actor, said his wife informed him via email that she was going to her father’s house in Enugu after packing out of their marital home.
However, he said contrary to her claim, that he later saw her at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport with the children after some days.
He said: “I got back home from a trip on Aug. 4, 2021, to find out that my wife had left our marital home with the children to an undisclosed location.
“I tried to contact her when I got to the house and found it empty. I sent her an email on that same day, and she replied that she had gone 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.”
Ikeagwu also denied claims that he sent his wife and kids out of the house and failed to take care of their upkeep.
“I did not send her out of the house. Someone has to tell me why it takes four days to get to Enugu.
“If you say ‘you are on your way’, it is a continuous sentence. It was a stated fact that she was on her way,” he said.
The actor further told the court that his wife denied him sex and poured water on him while he was asleep.
The petitioner also said he was not aware that his wife lost a pregnancy due to a Sexually Transmitted Infection while they were together.
“After the birth of our son, she has refused to have sex with me. I was not aware she lost the pregnancy due to an infection as I did not give her any disease.
“To 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.