Nollywood actor, Segun Arinze, on Monday, sought leave of an Ikeja High Court, Lagos, to dissolve his marriage to Annette Aina-Padonou.
The marriage of 13 years is blessed with a 12-year-old daughter. Arinze told Justice Sybil Nwaka that the marriage had broken down irreparably and irreconcilably, after the couple had stayed apart for 11 years, since 29 May, 1998. He said he was seeking leave of the court to legally separate them to allow him go on with his life, promising to be responsible for their daughter’s upkeep. Arinze said they both found out after about a year into the marriage that they could not live together as husband and wife.

The marriage was contracted at the Ikorodu Local Government Registry, on 10 May, 1996. Under cross-examination by his counsel, Mr. Henry Efere, the actor said their marital differences culminated in his wife packing out of their Surulere residence, 11 years ago. Arinze said he was not opposed to Annette taking custody of their daughter, Morenike Padonou, and assured the court that he would continue to be responsible for her upkeep. Nwaka adjourned the case till 24 June, for further hearing.