Prof. Alanana Otaki, a former Nasarawa State Commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources, has been sued by Dr Peter Aboki, the Deputy Provost of College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia, for allegedly kidnapping his wife, Mrs Felicia Aboki.
Peter applied for a stay of any form of relationship between his wife and Mr Otaki, one of the commissioners sacked by Governor Abdullahi Sule on Monday August 30, through his lawyer Shikama Shyeltu, pending the outcome of a substantive petition filed by Felicia seeking to end her 18-year marriage to him.
According to Shyeltu, his client received the counter affidavit just a few minutes before the court session began, necessitating a delay to allow them to read 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.”
Counsel for Otaki, Mr Joseph Agbo however stated that his client shouldn’t have been added to the lawsuit as he has nothing to do with the couple’s marital crisis.
“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.”
However after Mrs Aboki’s counsel, Mr David Meshi revealed that his client was divorcing her husband because she is no longer interested in the marriage during the hearing on Monday August 30, the presiding judge, Mr Abubakar Lanze adjourned the case till September 15, 2021, for hearing of the application.
Lanze said the adjournment was to allow the applicant, Peter, study the counter affidavit filed by the respondents, Felicia and Otaki.