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Fani-Kayode Not Fit To Raise Our Kids – Ex-Wife Drags Former Minister To Appeal Court

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My Marriage To Fani-Kayode Was Based On Lies - Ex-Wife

The estranged wife of former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode, Precious Chikwendu, has told a court that her former husband lacks the capacity to take care of their four children.

Recall that Precious, a former beauty queen and the former minister had been at loggerhead over the custody of their children following their break-up in August 2020.

According to TheNigeriaLawyer, Chikwendu had alleged in her suit before an Abuja High Court that Fani-Kayode, “beat her up on several occasions even while she was pregnant.”

The plaintiff is also demanding a monthly payment of N3.5 million for the upkeep of their four sons.

But Fani-Kayode had, through his lawyer, Adeola Adedipe, applied to Judge Sylvanus Orji of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Abuja to either strike out the suit or set aside the earlier purported service of the processes filed by Chikwendu on him.

The court dismissed Fani-Kayode’s application and assumed jurisdiction to hear the case, a decision the ex-minister appealed at the Court of Appeal, Abuja.

Justice Orji also ordered that a fresh hearing notice along with the originating motion be served on Fani-Kayode.

Not happy with the ruling, Fani-Kayode filed a notice of appeal dated March 25, 2021, alleging that the judge denied him a fair hearing.

Among his prayers, FFK urged the Court of Appeal to make an “order remitting this case to the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court for reassignment and determination by another judge”.

Responding to the appeal in her filing at the Court of Appeal’s registry, Precious accused the former minister of maltreating their children since their separation last year.

She also attached photographs in her affidavit purportedly showing Fani-Kayode with his entourage visiting several state governors across Nigeria.

In other photographs, several ladies and the four children could be seen together with Fani-Kayode.

“The appellant (Fani-Kayode) employs nannies and different women whom I reasonably believe to be his girlfriends, and posts pictures of them together on various social media platforms all in a bid to spite me,” the court documents filed by Ms Chikwendu’s lawyer, Terkaa Aondo, read in part.

She accused Fani-Kayode of denying her access to their children since August 2, 2020, using security officials attached to him.

The former beauty queen added that the former minister is fond of travelling and leaving the children at the mercy of his girlfriends and nannies.

“That I am worried about my children’s education status as my first son was stopped from going to school since August 2020, and the triplets who are due for school are not in school or given an education access.

“That as a young mother, I have been traumatised and physically assaulted by the appellant who is all out in a bid to forcefully take away the children from me and further delay this appeal.

“That there is a need that I preserve my right and interest and that of my children who are minors.”

She also alleged that should there be further delay in granting her application, the former minister “may make good his threat of relocating my four children out of the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court in which I will be denied a chance of ever seeing them again”.

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.