There was a mild drama at the Tinubu Magistrate’s Court, after Aminu Atiku, son of Atiku Abubakar, former Vice-President, snatched his seven-year-old son from ex-wife, Unmi Fatima Bolori.
Kikelomo Ayeye, the Chief Magistrate, ordered that the two children – Aamir, 7, and Ameera, 9 – reside with Ms. Bolori at her residence in Katampe Extension in Abuja.
Following the loss of his children’s custody, Aminu snatched his son from the mother, locked him in his car and drove off.
The incident occurred at 1:59 pm, minutes after Aminu lost the custody of his children.
According to Ayeye, the full custody of the children was granted to Bolori after Aminu failed to file a response to her application for child custody.
The court ordered Aminu to pay Bolori N250, 000 monthly for the upkeep of the children, beginning from this month. It also ordered Aminu to carry out medical insurance on the children among others.
Bolori’s November 2017 application for child custody proposed a nine-point ‘statement of arrangement’ for the children.
It was argued by her counsel, Gloria Albert-Ekpe (Mrs.) and Ethel Okoh from Festus Keyamo Chambers.
The applicant prayed the court to order Aminu to pay her N300,000,00 monthly as feeding and maintenance allowance for the kids’ upkeep and N1million yearly as their clothing allowance.
Bolori also sought an order restraining Aminu from taking the kids “outside the shores of Nigeria for any purpose whatsoever” without her consent.
At the resumed hearing of the matter, neither Aminu nor his legal team was present to announce appearance.
Chief Magistrate Ayeye said: “The respondent failed to file a response. In view of the deliberate absence of the respondent and his legal team, I am constrained to make these following orders in default of respondent’s presence and in the best interest of the children to wit:
“Unmi Fatima Bolori is hereby granted full custody of Aamir Abubakar Sadiq Aminu Atiku (seven years) and Ameera Amina Atiku (nine years).
“The applicant is allowed to reside with the children at her residence at Katampe Extension, Abuja.
“The applicant is ordered to put the children in schools suited for their educational needs in Abuja.
“Access is granted to the respondent to visit his children in Abuja and request for the children to spend holidays with him.
“The respondent is ordered to pay monthly upkeep for the children in the amount ofN250, 000.00 monthly beginning January 2018.
“The Respondent is ordered to effect medical insurance on each of the children.”
A report has it that when Aminu and his legal team, arrived the courtroom, the proceedings were already over.
According to Bolori’s counsel Okoh, Aminu “snatched” his son from the mum, locked him in his car before driving off”.