The trial of Gentry Olanrewaju, the estranged husband of Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe, at an Ikeja Chief Magistrate Court, Ogba, was stalled last Thursday due to the absence of his estranged wife.
Although Gentry was in court, accompanied by some associates, Mercy was reportedly said to have travelled out of the country.
Officials of the Lagos State Domestic Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) and Gentry met with Chief Magistrate Folakemi Davies- Abegunde behind closed-doors in her chamber and agreed on June 7 for the estranged couple to appear before the court.
Gentry, dressed in a navy blue coloured buba and sokoto with a matching sandal sat at the back of the court room flanked by family members and associates.
When he stepped out of the court into the lobby, same family members and associates stepped out with him and ensured that nobody went close to him.
Chief Magistrate Court Folakemi Davies- Abegunde had fixed Wednesday for Gentry to appear and said he should not be “restrained permanently” from coming close to his wife, Mercy Aigbe.
Mercy, on the other hand, is expected to tender before the court, through her counsel, Adeola Falade, the medical report of the alleged domestic violence meted on her by her estranged husband.
A social worker with DSVRT. Adeola Falade, had on April 28 approached the court, on behalf of Mercy, to ask for a restraining order against Gentry over alleged violence against his wife.
In their application, Falade alleged that Gentry had gone to his wife’s tailor’s place “to attack and beat her mercilessly “.