A former Nigerian Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, and Precious Chikwendu, an ex-wife and a former beauty queen, have begun legal fireworks on who is to custody their children.
Precious said her relationship with Femi was “a turbulent and unhappy one,” saying he was “in the habit of beating me up during every quarrel.”
Chikwendu made the allegation in an affidavit she deposed to in support of an originating motion brought pursuant to Section 69 of the Child’s Rights Act, 2003 at the FCT High Court, Abuja.
In the court papers, the mother of four boys said she met Fani-Kayode in 2014 at the peak of her career and fell in love with him.
“From the early days of our relationship, the respondent (Fani-Kayode) has always maintained a lifestyle of utter disregard to my feelings. This was evident in the way and manner the respondent assaulted me while I was pregnant with our first son.’’
The respondent (Fani-Kayode) kicked me several times 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 (Fani-Kayode’s) house a few days after this incident. The respondent (Fani-Kayode) repeated the same act when I was pregnant with triplets, this time it was my mother and sister, Faith, that intervened,” she stated.
The former beauty queen alleged that on one occasion, the former Minister connived with a former Divisional Police Officer of the Asokoro Police Station to drug her.
She, however, said things soon turned sour between them as Fani-Kayode began exhibiting signs of paranoia. She alleged that the former minister accused her of infidelity and on several occasions locked her out of their home located on Aso Drive, Asokoro, Abuja.
“Sometime in 2018, in one of my attempts to leave the house with the children, the respondent (Fani-Kayode) in the company of the DPO of Asokoro Police Division, and her team of policemen handcuffed me and stripped me naked while someone from the crowd whom I initially mistook for a policeman forcefully injected me with a sedation.
That I was then abducted and incarcerated at a hospital for a period of two weeks. I was separated from my six-month-old triplets and a-year-old son at the time.” she said
Chikwendu, who alleged that the ex-minister had denied her access to her children for several months, asked the court to compel Fani-Kayode to give her a monthly payment of N3.5 million for the upkeep of their four sons.
She said the Former Minister currently spends N1.8 million on food, toiletries and others on the four children every month while N575,000 is spent monthly on clothing. She said Fani-Kayode had continued to deny her access to the children in order to compel her to return to the marriage.
Chikwendu seeks an order of the court “granting her custody of the four children to the applicant but with reasonable right of access to the respondent”.
Reacting, Femi faulted her allegations, describing her as a ‘pathological liar’ and a slanderer and we intend to prove this in court.
Femi started by saying that not one thing she alleged was true, noting that the statement of claim and affidavit she filed in Federal High Court against him was filled with lies and falsehood. He said: “Not one thing that she has alleged there is true.
“We also believe that she is unfit to be a mother and that she has shown nothing but cruelty to her children whom she has never taken care of or shown the love and affection of a mother.
“We believe that the children’s lives would be in danger if they are with her and we shall prove this in court.
“For the avoidance of doubt at no time did Chief Fani-Kayode expose his children to danger and he has always provided them with the best of care including 12 nannies and nurses who did all the work even when their mother was in the house and whom she herself employed.
“Chikwendu’s only pastime was to post pictures and words on Instagram and sleep with men outside.
“She also tried to seduce a number of Chief Fani-Kayode’s friends when he was in detention and extort money from them.
“Neither is it true that she was ever beaten by Chief Fani-Kayode or anyone else in his staff and security team, either when she was pregnant or not pregnant and it is not true that she was subjected to any form of physical or mental abuse from them….
“As a matter of fact she was the abuser and not Chief Fani-Kayode or any of his security team or staff.
“There is no doubt that she is a depraved and dangerous woman and her medical file will be produced by the hospital at the appropriate time. So will her file which documents all her adulterous atrocities at Asokoro police Station.
“In the space of 4 years Chikwendu had to undergo 5 different surgical operations, all of which Chief Fani-Kayode paid for, and in 7 years she had numerous extra-marital affairs.
“This was a lifestyle that was unacceptable to Chief Fani-Kayode and one which he found utterly repulsive and repugnant.”