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Lanre Gentry Remanded in Kirikiri Prison for Wife Battering



Lanre Gentry Remanded in Kirikiri Prison for Wife Battering

Lanre  Gentry, the husband of Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe has been remanded in Kirikiri Prison for alleged wife battering, in the latest twist of the domestic violence drama.

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 granted bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in the like sum. The sureties must show proof of tax payment and own houses in Lagos with title documents. He was also ordered to remain in prison until he meets the bail demands.

Police prosecutor, Inspector N. Peter told the court that Gentry on April 17, conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by constituting nuisance and behaving in a disorderly manner in a public place. Peter added that Gentry unlawfully assaulted his wife by beating her with physical blows all over her body and also caused Mercy Aigbe’s grievous bodily harm after giving her a blow on the nose, with blood gushing out.

Peter said the offense committed by Gentry was contrary to and punishable under sections  157 (f), 168 (a) and 171 of the Criminal Law No II, Vol. 44 Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.

According to Premium Times, 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.

His estranged wife then took to her Instagram account on Monday morning to raise an alarm that her husband was trying to evade arrest with the help of the police. Her close friend, Lara Olubo also claims to have witnessed Lanre Gentry abusing his wife.

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 has been adjourned till 12 May for trial.


  1. ec

    May 10, 2017 at 7:45 am

    good. Let the law take its course

  2. layolomo

    May 10, 2017 at 8:00 am

    For once lets see if justice will prevail in Nigeria.. too many men get away with DV..
    Btw, how come Olakunle Churchill never got arrested? Oh thats right, he’s a millionaire!

    • Indigo

      May 10, 2017 at 8:05 am

      No.. his wife did not report to the police she preferred to try him on Social media.

    • Jade edo babe

      May 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Whick kin yeye millionaire. Chai, yoruba men are playing the role of the ‘demon” well well o. Yoruba demon is not a myth. Na only them waka come. I always wanted to marry a yoruba man but fear don catch me. Northern men beat their women pass but their religion allows it.
      Even if your wife na ashawo, you married her. Why break her skull?
      Abeg Nigerian men, stop beating your wives. If you are not happy just divorce her. LEAVE.

  3. pita

    May 10, 2017 at 8:33 am

    2nd and 3rd marriage….. Respectively.. And still not lucky!!

    • Nike

      May 10, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      So you see am, 2 dysfunctional adults who had no vision for their marriage

  4. ada

    May 10, 2017 at 8:38 am

    thats good and all but what about all the other victims of domestic violence why cant they get swift justice, i just hope its not because she is a celeb

  5. Caramel chic

    May 10, 2017 at 8:38 am

    But this isn’t really how we address this issue. The idea of getting justice isn’t to isolate the person who has done the battering and create a disfunctional un processed situation. We need to address these things formally.. The outcome for this is another broken home. Which never had the chance of reconciliation. Or more so the chance for both parties to get serious counselling. I’ve noticed in our culture we don’t deal well with conflict. I had the same thing happened to a friend here. He was arrested and put in jail for one night (not prison) he had to go to court. The fine was counselling for two months and £3000 fine. They both worked through the counselling session and decided not to stay together. He now has a criminal record for that charge. He has since changed and became a better man. This took two years of counselling. I’m just worried sociAl media isn’t the adequate platform for us to deal with battering

    • Cmbo

      May 10, 2017 at 9:12 am

      lol. Biko when they break your skull, then you can address it formally okay. She has stated that she has endured this for years, don’t you think she would have tried all the you mentioned above? What you see now is just the straw that broke the camels back.

    • Mohammad

      May 10, 2017 at 10:17 am

      You’re quite the village idiot here.

    • Jejelaiye

      May 10, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      I bet you before he was mandated to attend counseling, he would never have agreed to go because he’s a man, probably Nigerian too and we all know how big an ego they have. Most African men refuse the option of getting professional counseling cos to them, counseling is like admitting they have an issue which God Forbid is impossible. A record will humble anyone so unfortunately that was what it took to set him straight. From now on he will walk out on an argument before he puts his hands on a woman.

  6. le coco

    May 10, 2017 at 8:38 am

    NOw its time for Mercy to be strong.. let this man rot here.. dont go and plead on his behalf forming “father of my child”.. this is how these animals get away with these crimes.. You are setting a good example to your kids.. that a man should never hit them, and they as men should never lay their hands on women

  7. NANA

    May 10, 2017 at 9:38 am

    second and third marriage……hmmmmmmmm…na wa ooo. Ndi ofe mmanu, chukwu mere unu ebere.

    • Anonymous

      May 10, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      So what brought the ofe mmanu inside now? Igbo people always the first to make tribal insults but will foam in the mouth if it’s the way around.

    • Rose okwy

      May 10, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      This is not a tribal thing. It is world wide and Igbo men Batter their wives too. Stop with the ice mmanu thing biko. This is why Nigeria will never unite. I hope Mr Gentry gets beaten and battered by other inmates.

  8. Omoté

    May 10, 2017 at 9:49 am

    You shud av left his `wife-beating’ ass a long time a go! You endured for several years, they don’t change. I learnt this lesson as a child and I swore if any man/husband of mine ever hit me he’d get his head broken b4 I moved out.

  9. Seriously

    May 10, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I will put Mercy’s personal shenanigans aside. It’s about time DV cases be treated and handled like a criminal case. It’s crazy how it’s led to the death of so many women that’s straight up murder.
    Whatever happened to the case of a pastor who beat his wife to death.
    Hopefully, this is a new beginning of justice in Nigeria.

  10. Susie

    May 10, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Caramel chick: He literally cracked his skull. You want them to ‘reconcile’ so he can finish killing her? Not every marriage is meant to be. Kindly allow the law to take its due course.

    • Caramel chic

      May 10, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      @susie at no point did I say she shouldn’t have the law included. It is imperative that this issue be brought to law. All I’m saying is resolving domestic violence isn’t as black and white as it looks from the outside. we should encourage people to get help properly and go through the process. Social media comments are not there with you when your dealing with those things behind closed doors.

  11. Susie

    May 10, 2017 at 10:03 am

    i’ve even ended up typing ‘his skull’ out of irritation lol. ‘her skull’

  12. Funmi

    May 10, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Ibe naa laaye e….very good

  13. gander

    May 10, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Welldone…mercy aigbe.this will serve as a note of warning to other.Thanks to d lagos state department of domestic violenceand battering…you don’t have to be rich before you get justice.its abt going through tireless procedure.Mr gentry never loved you but obsessed cos if he does he won’t think og destroying you for allegedpromiscuity

  14. Victoria

    May 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm


    • Fashionista

      May 11, 2017 at 11:47 am

      Hmmnn my Sister, I tell you!

  15. Judgejudyjudy

    May 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    What is baffling me is, so this grown ass man had the effrontery to lie about beating her? What was the point in lying though, I don’t understand. When you know you’ve done something wrong, don’t you just keep quiet out of shame? This shameless man had the guts to lie! Omg! Means he sees nothing wrong in battering a human being. He should rot in prison!

  16. Anon

    May 10, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    What baffles me is why grown up ass matured/ tough as old meat women have the feeling / the emotional need to post lies of their dysfunctional relationships on social medi tonto post pictures of what Churchill bought her (lies,) this one pay for her own wedding in Dubai, WHY DO NIGERIAN WOMEN DO IT. Is it just to pepper people? Then when wind blow YEYEFOWL yansh plus crack skull is exposed. I’ve come to the conclusion that dysfunctional adults attract each other like powerful unadulterated magnets. They will move heaven and earth to jam together. It is well.

    • Cmbo

      May 10, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Let’s be honest, how many of us post the terrible aspect of our lives on SM. Even when you want to post a picture, you take several selfies before you arrive at the perfect one. But i get it, we shouldn’t go out of our way to tell lies sha…

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