Mr. David Erhabor, the husband of a one-time Commissioner for Women
Affairs in Edo State, Florence Igbinigie-Erhabor, has told a Benin High
Court that his highly respected wife of 15 years came home without her
David while testifying in a divorce suit instituted by his wife, who was
a commissioner under Lucky Igbinedion, told the court he did not envisage a
broken home in his life.
“There was a day she came back home drunk and without a pant on her. She
was in the habit of keeping late nights,” Mr. Erhabor revealed. He said
trouble started after his wife was appointed commissioner, after which
he said she began keeping late nights.
David, himself an ex-Senior Adviser to former Governor Osunbor, told the
court that there was a time the wife abandoned their two children and
absconded from home for three days “only to be caught red-handed inside a
vehicle, romancing and kissing a man who had earlier gassed me.”
He recalled that it took the intervention of a former chairman of Delta
State Oil Producing Community Development Commission, Chief Wellington
Okrika, to resolve some of their matrimonial crises.
He also said his wife had once demanded N1m from him before she could
allow him to have sex with her, adding that on another occasion, he ran
from home when he sensed that his wife was planning to send hired
assassins after him.
On the custody of their children, David said they could always stay with whoever they chose when on holidays.
Florence among other prayers is asking the court to grant her divorce on
the grounds of threat to life, violent assault and infidelity on the
part of her husband. The former commissioner, who has since 2009
separated from her husband, is demanding that she should be paid
N150,000 as monthly upkeep for each of their children.
While being crossed-examined by
Mr. Erhabor’s lawyer, Florence said her husband had at a time squeezed
the children inside a vehicle and threatened to set them ablaze. She
said it took the intervention of members of both families to broker
The former commissioner said she had been solely responsible for the
children’s upkeep, including payment of their school fees over the past
years. She added that the children had been living in her family house
where she relocated to when she suspected that her husband was after her
life. She also accused David of having extra-marital affair with their
Olu gathered that Justice Anthony Erhabor, who looked troubled
by the revelations by both parties, adjourned the case till August 4
for further hearing.