Fani-Kayode’s wife begins move to secure children’s custody
Ms. Precious Chikwendu, former wife of a former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, has begum legal process to secure custody of their four children.
Ms. Chikwendu, to that effect, approached the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Apo, Abuja, through her lawyer, Mrs. E. D. Moi-Wuyep, praying the court to grant her custody.
The case was called up for mention on Friday before Justice Sylvanus Oriji of the High Court of the FCT.
In a supporting affidavit, she narrated how Fani-Kayode allegedly abused her both physically and verbally while their relationship lasted.
She prayed the court, among other things, to restrain the respondent, Fani-Kayode, from forcibly abducting the children from her custody but requested reasonable right of access to the children to him.
She urged the court to order the respondent to pay her the sum N3.438 million monthly for the upkeep of the children.
She also sought additional sums for their education and other ancillary expenses.
In the supporting affidavit, she narrated how she ‘met Fani-Kayode in 2014 and later moved into his house at No. 5, Zuma Close, Off Udi Hills Street, Aso Drive, Abuja.
Going further, she stated:
“That the relationship was blessed with four beautiful children: Master Aragorn Fani-Kayode (5 years), Master Ragnar Fani-Kayode (2 years), Master Aiden Fani-Kayode(2 years), and Master Liam Fani-Kayode (2 years).
“My relationship with the respondent had been a turbulent and unhappy one. The respondent was in the habit of beating me up during every quarrel.
“My relationship with the respondent witnessed fear, harassment, and series of assault both perpetrated by the respondent himself or with the use of the Nigerian Police force, his security details and, or his personal bodyguards.
“From the early days of our relationship, the respondent has always maintained a lifestyle of utter disregard to my feelings.
“This was evident in the way and manner the respondent assaulted me while pregnant with our first son, Aragorn. The respondent kicked me severally on my stomach over a petty argument that ensued.
“It was my friend, Vanessa who was around at the material time that intervened at the nick of time to save me. I had to leave the respondent’s house a few days after this incident.
“The respondent repeated the same act when I was pregnant with the triplets, this time it was my mother and sister, Faith that intervened.
“The respondent, at the slightest provocation abuse, beats and assaults me, my late mother and my siblings when they visited.
“As we progressed in the relationship, the beatings became so severe that on many occasions, I feared for my life.
“The respondent will strip me naked in the full glare of everyone in the premises, threaten to kill me while hitting me, and on other occasions, exhibit all form of cruelty towards me.
“I sometimes leave the house to my friend’s place for safety. I have a number of recorded videos and voice notes to prove this series of inhumane treatments.
“When I was pregnant with the triplets, the respondent started accusing me of infidelity.
“This allegation escalated to what I reasonably believe was a paranoia, which eventually influenced the respondent in forcefully preventing me from travelling out of the country to give birth to the triplets, on some convictions that I will abscond with the kids for another man.”
At the mention of the case, Justice Oriji was indignant that Fani-Kayode has had the summons served on him but did not show up.
His lawyer’s claim that he has not been properly served fell on deaf ears as the judge relied on a phone conversation with the plaintiff wherein he acknowledged receipt of the summons served on him as evidence.
The judge adjourned the case till March 12, 2021, for formal report of service.