Dr Peter Aboki, a lecturer and Deputy Provost, College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia, has dragged a former Nasarawa State Commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources, Prof. Alanana Otaki, to an Upper Area Court for allegedly snatching his wife, Mrs Felicia Aboki, from him, according to The PUNCH.
Otaki was among commissioners sacked by Governor Abdullahi Sule on Monday.
At the court sitting on Monday in Lafia, the presiding judge, Mr Abubakar Lanze, adjourned the case till September 15, 2021, for hearing of the application.
He explained that the adjournment was to allow the applicant, Peter, study the counter affidavit filed by the respondents, Felicia and Otaki.
Peter had through his counsel applied for stay of any form of relationship between his wife and the ex-commissioner pending the determination of a substantive petition filed by Felicia seeking an end to her 18-year marriage to him.
Counsel for the applicant, Mr Shikama Shyeltu, explained that his client got the counter affidavit a few minutes to the commencement of the court sitting, hence the need for adjournment to give them time to study it.
“They served us with their counter affidavit this morning, therefore, we can’t proceed with the motion. By law, we are supposed to be given time to respond,” he said.
Counsel for Otaki, Mr Joseph Agbo, argued that his client did not have hands in the marriage crisis between the couple and wondered why he would be joined as party in the suit.
He said, “We came to court after entering appearance. There were two motions, but we have filed our processes. On getting to the court this morning, the respondent said our paper was just served on him this morning, but the paper was filed since last week and we are not party to the case.”
On his part, Mrs Aboki’s counsel, Mr David Meshi, said his client was no longer interested in the marriage to the applicant, which was why she decided to seek divorce.