“I won’t pay N250,000 monthly” Atiku’s Son Launches Fresh Custody Battle Against Ex-wife

Aminu Atiku, son of former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, yesterday asked a Lagos High Court in Igbosere to nullify the decision of a Magistrates’ Court which awarded custody of his two children to his ex-wife, Unmi Fatima Bolori, as well as a N250,000 monthly upkeep.

Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye sitting at Tinubu on Lagos Island had on the 10th of January, 2018 awarded full custody of the ex-couple’s daughter, Ameera, 11, and son, Aamir, 7, to Fatima Bolori, after Aminu failed to file a response to Fatima’s application for the children’s custody.

News Agency of Nigeria gathered that Aminu’s counsel, Oyinkan Badejo, who filed an application to the high court seeking leave to appeal the lower court’s judgment and another application for a stay of further execution of its terms, claimed that the lower court disregarded his constitutional right of fair hearing before granting judgment in Bolori’s favour.

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“In response to whether the applicant has shown sufficient ground for the grant of the application, there is not more sufficient ground than the party’s right to fair hearing.

“We arrived at the Magistrates’ Court at 12.30 pm, believing the matter was for mention at 1pm,” Badejo said.

In the February 20 application, Badejo urged the court to vary conditions attached to the custody order.

According to the lower court’s order, Aminu is to pay Bolori N250,000 monthly for the upkeep of the children, beginning January 2018.

Chief Magistrate Ayeye also ordered Aminu to carry out medical insurance on each child, among others.

But Badejo said:

“We are not seeking a stay of the execution of the judgment. But some of the terms were onerous. We were asked to pay N250,000 for the upkeep of two young children, medical allowances, etc. We find that rather onerous.”

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Bolori’s counsel, O. N. Olabisi and Ethel Okoh opposed her, citing, among others, the interest of the children.

But in Justice Alogba granted Aminu leave to appeal. The judge adjourned further hearing till May 17 and June 14.

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