On-Air Personality (OAP), Ifedayo Olarinde, popularly known as Daddy Freeze, has been ordered to pay a sum of N5 million by a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, for sleeping with a married woman, Benedicta Elechi.
The Court on February 18, 2021 ordered the 44-year-old to pay the sum to Paul Odekina, who was married to Elechi at the time the adulterous act was committed.
In the Court documents obtained by The PUNCH, with the suit no PHC/403MC/2012, Mrs Benedicta Odekina is the Petitioner/Cross Respondent, while Mr Paul Odekina is 1st Respondent and Cross Petitioner while Ifedayo Olarinde (Freeze) is the Co-Respondent.
The presiding judge, Hon Justice Akpughunum, ruled that the OAP pay the sum of N5m as “damages for depriving Odekina amiable consort of his wife”.
The document read in part, “The sum of N5,000,000 is awarded against Ifedayo Olarinde (the 2nd Cross Respondent to the Cross Petition) as damages for depriving the Cross Petitioner of the amiable consort of his wife (Petitioner/1st Cross Respondent) and for injury suffered as a result of his adultery with the Petitioner/Cross Respondent.
“An Order of injunction is hereby granted, preventing Ifedayo Olarinde ― the Co-Respondent to the Cross Petition ― from having access or dealing whatsoever with the children of the marriage until they attain the age of majority.”
The Judge then proceeded to dissolve the marriage between Paul and Benedicta due to 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 the 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.
Furthermore, in a phone interview with The PUNCH, Daddy Freeze confirmed the development but noted that he would release a statement over the matter.