Precious Chikwendu, a former beauty queen and ex-wife of former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has told the Court of Appeal in Abuja that her former husband doesn’t have what it takes to cater for their four sons.
She also told the court that she is not at ease as the kids are with him because Fani-Kayode entrusts their kids in the care of nannies and his girlfriends.
She alleged that because of Fani-Kayode’s incessant travels, the oldest of the kids has stopped school, while the triplets have not even started schooling.
Chikwendu is demanding monthly payment of N3.5 million for the upkeep of the kids in her suit before an Abuja High Court.
She also alleges that Fani-Kayode “beats her up on several occasions even while she was pregnant.”
Fani-Kayode on the other hand had through his lawyer, Adeola Adedipe urged the court to either strike out the suit or set aside the earlier purported service of the processes filed by Chikwendu on him.
Justice Sylvanus Oriji, of the High Court of the FCT, dismissed Fani-Kayode’s application and assumed jurisdiction to hear the case.
He also made an order that a fresh hearing notice along with the originating motion be served on the ex-Minister.
Fani-Kayode had appealed the decision of the Abuja High Court at the appellate court, alleging that the judge denied him a fair hearing.
Fani-Kayode also 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, Chikwendu accused her estranged husband of maltreating their four sons since she was separated from them.
In an affidavit dated June 28, 2021, Ms Chikwendu attached some photographs purportedly showing Mr Fani-Kayode with his entourage visiting several state Governors across Nigeria and with several ladies and the four children.
“The appellant (Mr 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 Chikwendu’s lawyer, Terkaa Aondo, read in part.
She described how Mr Fani-Kayode, denied her access to their children since August 2, 2020, using security officials and protocol details attached to him.
She said: “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 need that I preserve my right and interest and that of my children who are minors.”
She begged that the matter be given priority as 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.”
The former Minister is yet to file his response.