The case was earlier scheduled for hearing on Monday 21st of May, 2018 but court proceedings were suspended due to 3rd anniversary celebrations of Governor Wike’s administration in Rivers State.
You could recall that Benedicta Elechi and Her estranged husband are in court seeking divorce, in contention are multi-million naira family estate.
The hearing was presided over by Her Lordship, Justice Akpughunum. In continuation of cross examination of Benedicta, the defendent Lawyer Wilcox Abereton, SAN, started by observing that Benedicta left prematurely during the last court session (20th of March 2018) probably due to his questions and pleaded for her patience to ask only a few more questions.
He asked Benedicta for her guidance on how he should address Daddy Freeze the co-defendant in the case whether as a boyfriend, a husband, or simply father of her son, Abimbola, to which he received a ‘No Response’
The lawyer further asked Benedicta what her religious views were, especially on such subjects as payment of Tithes, Pastors, etc, having claimed that Daddy Freeze is a pastor. He requested Benedicta to convey his commendation to Freeze for his own views on the subjects. Her Lawyer, B.J. Mondigha, rose in stout objection to the line of questioning claiming that it added no value to the issues before the court and it was sustained by the Judge.
The Senior Advocate then asked Benedicta whether it is true or false that as a mother, she should be a role model to her children, to which her answere was in the affirmative.
“Would you recommend your conduct in your husband’s house to your daughters “, the SAN probed.
Benedicta tried to evade question, compelling SAN to be more explicit: “
“Would you recommend to your daughter to get pregnant for another man in her husband’s house”, putting it to her that he doubts that she would so recommend such a despicable and terrible act to her daughter, having admitted to court earlier that she was pregnant for Daddy Freeze while legally married and living in her husband’s house.
Benedicta responded that her daughter should be able to decide for herself as an adult.
The lawyer then moved on to her business, pointing out that her business Dictachi Foods Nig Ltd seemed to have made a lot of money. Would she put a value to the level of profit she was making.
Benedicta admitted that indeed the business was profitable and initially, she made profits of between N4m to N5m on monthly basis, which later grew to about N10m monthly.
The Lawyer then said today, she refers to herself as a ‘Celebrity Chef’.
Benedicta responded; she is indeed a renowned chef, with a business that is growing.
The SAN asked whether she still travels as much as when her husband was funding her trips abroad?
She retorted, she funded her trips by paying for the children’s meals, and added however, she no longer travels because of her busy schedule.
The Lawyer stated that she put a video of her daughter in the social media for the world to see, asking what consideration for her daughter she had in taking that decision and which normal mother or woman would do that to her daughter. He received a ‘No Response’.
The lawyer put it to her that she is a bad woman, who rewarded her husband by getting pregnant for another man in his house, despite all her husband did for her, sponsoring her through school, setting up Multi Million Naira business for her, sending the family abroad on vacation including her mother and her niece who he adopted, among many other things.
Daddy Freeze who is the co respondent to the husband’s cross petition was absent the 2nd time at the court proceedings.
The case was adjourned to 27th of June for further hearing.