Daddy Freeze’s N5m damages appeal set for hearing On May 17

Daddy Freeze’s N5m damages appeal set for hearing On May 17

Daddy Freeze’s N5m damages appeal set for hearing On May 17

The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has reserved its decision in a suit filed by Ifedayo Olarinde, popularly known as Daddy Freeze, a broadcaster and radio talk show host, seeking to have a judgment against him set aside and ordering him to pay N5 million in damages for allegedly engaging in adultery with one Benedicta Elechi.

Remember that a High Court in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on February 18, 2021, ordered Daddy Freeze to pay the cash to Paul Odekina, who was married to Elechi at the time the alleged deed was done, in order to avoid prosecution.

Prior to dissolving the marriage between Paul and Benedicta, the High Court issued an order of injunction prohibiting Daddy Freeze from having access to or dealing with the children of the marriage until they reach the age of majority. This was in response to the woman’s adulterous act with the broadcaster.

But when the matter was brought up for discussion in court on Tuesday, the appellant’s main attorney, Ola Faro, informed the court that his team was prepared to argue the case since it had submitted all of the relevant papers and served all parties involved.

After acknowledging receipt of the appellant’s written address, the first and second respondents’ counsel, B. J. Monsingia and Wilcox Abereton (SAN), indicated that they had likewise communicated their own written addresses to the appellant and copied the same to the court.

A three-member panel chaired by Justice T. Y. Hassan stated that the court will defer its decision on the appeal until a later date after hearing arguments from all sides.

Benedicta filed a similar appeal, designated action no. CA/PH/197/21, in which she urged the court to suspend the implementation of the High Court order that dissolved her marriage to Odenika. The court granted her request.

Benedicta is also requesting that the court postpone the enforcement of the order prohibiting Daddy Freeze from having any contact with or interacting with the children of the marriage until they reach the age of majority, as well as the payment of N5 million in damages to Odenika, as part of her appeal.

B. J. Monsingia, counsel for the appellant, requested the withdrawal of a previous motion while submitting an additional motion of appeal, which was approved by the Court of Appeals.

The withdrew request, on the other hand, was rejected by the three-member panel, which delayed the case until May 17, 2022.

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