BEVERLY HILLS, March 06, (THEWILL) – A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has ordered popular media personality and broadcaster, Ifedayo Olarinde, aka Daddy Freeze, to pay the sum of N5 million for committing adultery with Benedicta Elechi, his lover.
Daddy Freeze was directed to pay the money to Paul Odekina, who was married to Elechi at the time the adulterous incident was committed.
According to court documents obtained by The Punch, with the suit no PHC/403MC/2012, Benedicta Nkemdilim Odekina is the Petitioner/Cross Respondent and Paul Odekina is 1st Respondent/Cross Petitioner while Ifedayo Olarinde (Freeze) is the Co-Respondent to Petition/Cross Respondent.
The presiding Judge, Hon Justice Akpughunum, directed that the OAP should pay the sum of N5 million as “damages for depriving Odekina amiable consort of his wife.”
The document partly read: “The sum of N5,000,000 is awarded against Ifedayo Olarinde as damages for depriving the cross petitioner of the amiable consort of his wife and for injury suffered as a result of his adultery with the petitioner/cross respondent.”
The Judge also dissolved the marriage between Paul and Benedicta because of Benedicta’s adulterous act with Daddy Freeze.
“An order of Decree Nisi is hereby granted, dissolving the marriage contracted between Paul Ochenu Odekina and Benedicta Nkemdilim Elechi-Agunabo on 26/1/2002 at the Chaplaincy of the Holy Rosary CIWA at Port Harcourt on the ground that the marriage has been broken down irretrievably by reason of the Petitioner/ Cross respondent having committed adultery and intolerable behaviour of the petitioner/cross respondent which the respondent cannot be expected to live with the petitioner/cross respondent,” the document read.
The Judge granted Paul custody of the children as Benedicta was ordered to hand over the children’s passports and birth certificates.
Reacting, Daddy Freeze in a phone interview with The Punch confirmed the development.
However, he stated that he would issue a statement on his Instagram page soon.
He said: “I will release a statement on my Instagram handle in due time; not today, but in due time. There are things that I want to ensure that I have proper information on before I release my statement.
“Here is my take, watch my Instagram handle. I will address this properly and release my statement but I have to be guarded. I am just discussing with the appropriate quarters how best to address this issue. Please, just watch my Instagram handle. Before the end of next week, I will have a response.”