Olanrewaju Gentry, husband of Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe-Gentry, has been remanded in the Kirikiri Prison, Lagos, after he was arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday over domestic violence accusations.
He was arraigned at an Ikeja Magistrate Court on a three-count charge of domestic violence, assault, and threat to life which he pleaded not guilty to.
Gentry was initially asked to appear in court on Monday following a physical assault charge leveled against him by the Lagos State Department of Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team. He, however, failed to show up in court saying he was admitted in a Lagos hospital for an undisclosed ailment.
Following his failure to appear in court, his estranged wife took to her Instagram account on Monday morning to accuse him of trying to evade arrest with the help of the police. The 52-year-old, however, turned himself in on Tuesday and was subsequently arraigned in court.
The Magistrate, Aje-Afunwa, admitted him to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The sureties must show proof of tax payment and own houses in Lagos with title documents.
The defendant, however, could not meet the bail conditions before the close of work and was subsequently remanded in custody.
The arraignment, which took place in Court 1, Ikeja, was witnessed by officials and representatives of the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Domestic and Sexual Assault Response Team, and the Office of the Public Defender.
The charges read in part, “That you, Olanrewaju Gentry…on the same date, time and place, in the aforesaid magisterial district, did unlawfully assault one Mercy Aigbe, by beating her with blows all over her body, thereby committing an offence.
“That you did assault one Mercy Aigbe, by giving her blows on her nose and blood started gushing out, which also caused her grievous bodily harm, thereby committing an offence.”
The police prosecutor, Inspector Peter N., said the offences were punishable under sections 157, 168 and 171 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.
Lanre pleaded not guilty to the charges and elected summary trial. His defence counsel asked for his bail in liberal terms.
The couple was married for seven years and the union produced a son. While it is Mercy’s second marriage, it is her husband’s third marriage.
The case was adjourned till July 12, 2017.