Legal battle begins for custody of Atiku's children

By Editor on 08/09/2020

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Legal battle has begun in the case instituted by Maryam Sherif, divorced wife of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for custody of their children, has been adjourned to September 16, 2020.

Sherif, had instituted a case against Abubakar, son of Nigeria’s former Vice President who shares the same name.

at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja, with number CV/41/2019 which was later transferred to the Sharia Court of Appeal, Kubwa, with number CV/16/20202 seeking the court to grant her custody of their three sons.

When the matter resumed on Tuesday, with both parents in court, counsel to the defendant, Abdullahi Hassan, urged that the matter be held in chambers so the interest of the children be protected.

He said according to the directive of the court on the previous sitting that they children be brought to the court, they had complied accordingly.

The plaintiff’s lawyer, Nasir Saidu, said he did not object to the matter being held in chambers but it should not be kept away from the press.

Hassan said they did not mind press coverage so long as the interest of the children are protected.

The judge granted the defendant’s prayer that the matter be heard in chambers with press allowed, but urged that the interest of the children be protected.

When the matter continued in chambers, Hassan then prayed the court to adjourn the matter for two weeks to enable them present their last witness.

According to him, the said witness was outside the country in Dubai at the moment.

Saidu objected to the prayer, saying it was a ploy by the defendant to strategy to delay the matter. He urged that the witness be produced the following day and hearing to continue via video call if necessary, else the defence be foreclosed.

He urged that the defendant produce travel documents to prove that the witness was outside the country at the next sitting.

Hassan said they would willingly produce such travel documents to prove their witness was outside the country.

He said they had no objection to hearing the said witness virtually at the next sitting, but it was at the discretion of the court.

He however objected to the defendant being foreclosed if the witness was not produced the following day.

After listening to both parties, the judge adjourned the matter to September 16, 2020. He also admitted video calling the witness if not physically available.

Saidu also prayed the court to direct that the children would always be brought to court whenever the matter comes up, to which Hassan objected.

The judge said the matter had already been adjourned and such prayer can be made at the next sitting.




Posted on September, 8 2020

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