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High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has ordered that the man who usually insults pastors and called Bishop Oyedepo ‘Schreeching bald headed fowl’, Mr Ifedayo Olarinde, aka Daddy Freeze, should pay N5m for committing adultery with his lover, Benedicta Elechi, with whom he bore a son, Jason, in 2015.
Daddy Freeze is to pay the N5m to Benedicta’s husband, Mr Paul Odekina.
The presiding Judge, Hon Justice Akpughunum, in a judgment which lasted more than 1 hour 3O minutes, ruled that Benedicta’s husband proved his case of adultery against Daddy Freeze and Benedicta, through photographic, documentary and electronic evidence and also by the admission of Benedicta Elechi herself.
The Judge referred to Benedicta as a ‘self-acclaimed adulterer”.
It would be recalled that both Daddy Freeze and Benedicta were married to different spouses at the time of her pregnancy for Jason.
Freeze’s marriage to Opeyemi collapsed in the course of the extramarital affair and the marriage was subsequently dissolved in 2019 by a Lagos High Court.
Early in the extramarital affair, Freeze had gone to the social media to spread the falsehood that his wife was violent and beating him up.
It has now been revealed that the theatrics was all part of the crisis he instigated in both his home and the home of his lover, Benedicta, to justify their unholy relationship.
Furthermore, the court dismissed Benedicta’s prayer seeking for N1.5m monthly upkeep, one brand new car every three years, annual vacation abroad, share in the family estate and many more on the grounds that she did not establish any of her claims.
The court also granted custody of the three children from the marriage to her husband, declaring that she was unfit in character and behaviour to bring up children, citing her admission of adultery, her conduct during the trial and her statement that she would not recommend her conduct to her daughters.
The court also ordered Benedicta to hand over the children’s birth certificates and international passports to their father, Mr Paul Odekina.
The Judge further ruled that the adopted daughter of the erstwhile couple, who is a biological daughter of Benedicta’s sister, is to remain in their joint custody.