28th June, 2012
By Jethro Ibileke/Benin
Husband of a former Commissioner in Edo state, David Erhabor has told Benin High Court 9, that his wife of 15 years once came home without a pant on her.
Erhabor was testifying in a divorce suit instituted by his wife, Florence Igbinigie-Erhabor, a former Commissioner for Women Affairs, under former governor Lucky Igbinedion.
In the suit before Justice Anthony Erhabor, the respondent, (David Erhabor) told the court he never envisaged a broken home in his life.
He said, however, that trouble started after his wife was appointed commissioner by former governor Lucky Igbinedion, when she suddenly resorted to keeping late nights.
He added that there was a time the wife abandoned their two children, absconded from home for three days, only to be caught red handed inside a vehicle, romancing and kissing a man who had earlier tear-gassed him.
“There was a day she came back home drunk and without a pant on her. She was in the habit of keeping late night,” Mr. Erhabor told the court.
He further disclosed that it took the intervention of a former Managing Director of Delta State Oil Producing Community Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Wellington Okrika, to resolve some of their numerous squabbles.
Erhabor equally said his wife had at a time demanded for N1 million from him before she could allow him have sex with her, saying that he ran out from home wearing only pant when he sensed that his wife was about to kill him via hired assassins.
On the position of the petitioner seeking divorcé and the issue of the custody of the children, the respondent opined that the children can always stay with whomever they choose when on holidays.
The petitioner, Mrs. Igbinigie-Erhabor, amongst others is asking the court to grant her devoice on the grounds of threat to life, violent assault and infidelity on the part of her husband, Mr. David Irabor, also a former Senior Special Adviser to governor Oserhiemen Osunbor.
The former commissioner who has since 2009 separated from her husband arising from irreconcilable differences, equally demanded that the husband paid her the sum of N150,000 monthly for the upkeep of each for the two children and to pay their school fees.
While under-cross examination by the respondent’s counsel, Akakhomen Austine, the petitioner said besides the embarrassment the rampant violent attacks caused her while serving as commissioner, the husband had also at a time squeezed the children inside a vehicle and threatened to set them ablaze, adding that it took the prompt intervention of members of both families before there was peace.
She said ever since then she took sole responsibility of paying the children’s school fees who currently live with her in her family house.
She said she relocated to her family house when she suspected that her husband was after her life following the invasion of her private residence by robbers on two occasions.
She also accused the husband of having extra-marital affairs with the house maids.
Justice Erhabor adjourned the case till 4 August, 2012 for further hearing.