For the second time in a row, the Court of Appeals has thrown out an appeal against Nii Odartey Lamptey, filed by his ex-wife Gloria Appiah to own her ex-husband’s seven-bedroom East Legon mansion.
In 2020, the Court of Appeals threw out a similar case filed by the cheating ex-wife of the former Aston Villa striker to get the plush residence as part of her alimony, after it emerged that none of their three children belonged to the man.
Odartey Lamptey told Kasapa FM, after the court proceedings that “it’s been eight years of litigation but I am grateful to God for always being there for me. Few people survive in this kind of situation but thank Him I am alive and kicking, I will also want to use this opportunity to thank each and everyone who supported me throughout this battle.”
In June 2017, an Accra High Court, presided over by Justice Mrs. Cecilia Don-Chebe Agbevey put finality to the winding legal battle between Odartey Lamptey and Gloria Appiah by ordering the latter to vacate Odartey’s seven-bedroom mansion at East Legon into his four-bedroom house at Dome in addition to a GHC200,000 alimony and a car.
The ex-wife who struggled to come to terms with the ruling, appealed for a review of the verdict with the aim of getting Odartey’s mansion as part of her entitlements but unfortunately, her appeal to own that mansion was thrown out by the Appeals Court.
All three judges who sat on the case ruled in favor of the ex-footballer and have asked Gloria to move out as soon as possible.
The appeal was against a divorce ruling in due to the fact that DNA results proved that none of the three children between Odartey and Gloria belonged to the former, which indicated that the woman had been cheating on him for all the years they have been together as husband and wife.
The ex-Ghana star has since remarried and and given birth to three beautiful children with movie star Ruweida Yakubu – two girls and a boy.
What led to the divorce
In 2013, reports emerged that DNA tests had uncovered the fact that the couple’s three children were not fathered by the former World’s best juvenile player.
The impasse emanated from when Gloria wanted Nii Odartey Lamptey to send ‘their’ first daughter abroad to further her studies at a cost of £26,000 a year for three years.
Nii Odartey Lamptey then objected because the expense was too much, so he recommended that his daughter schools in Ghana for her university education.
Gloria was reportedly incensed by her husband’s stance and filed for divorce.
Nii Lamptey initially agreed to the divorce but delayed in his response because he reportedly suspected his wife of alleged infidelity.
The former footballer, who represented Ghana at 1992, 1994 and 1996 African Nations Cup tournaments, secretly took samples from the three children and did a DNA test, which reportedly revealed that none of three girls were fathered by him.
Gloria demanded 50% of Nii Odartey Lamptey’s estate and other properties, which he vehemently disputed by asking the High Court to allow the DNA results to be entered in evidence.
At the end of a protracted legal battle, Gloria was given a four-bedroom house at Dome, one car and GHS200,000, but she is still living in Odartey’s seven-bedroom mansion at East Legon and has filed two appeals to be given that property.
Several Ghanaians have taken to social media to call her a “greedy cheat” for wanting to keep the man’s properties even though none of her children were fathered by him.