A Tinubu Chief Magistrate ’s Court has granted Aminu Atiku, the son of former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, interim custody of his two children.
Chief Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye granted Aminu custody, so as to allow his daughter, Amirah, 8, and his son Amir, 6, complete their third term in their school in Lagos.
The court ruled that both children should be in his custody for 71 days beginning from yesterday (November 1) till the day of the next hearing of the suit on January 10, 2018.
Chief Magistrate Ayeye made the order during the continued hearing of a child custody suit filed by the children’s mother, Ms Fatima Bolori.
The proceedings were closed to the press, but it was gathered that Aminu informed the court that he had paid both children’s school fees for the entire year.
He persuaded the court to allow the kids live in his Lagos home until the next hearing of the suit.
Chief Magistrate Ayeye, however, ordered Aminu to write a letter to the kids’ school, introducing Fatima as their mother and permitting her unfettered access to Amirah and Amir in their school, at any time of the day.
The court directed Aminu to allow Amirah and Amir to spend weekends, public holidays, including Christmas holidays, with Fatima, whenever she was in Lagos.
Chief Magistrate Ayeye also ordered Aminu to deposit both children’s international passports in their mother’s custody.
The kids, who entered the courtroom at 1:28 pm in the custody of their mother, played for a few minutes with their father who arrived earlier.
At 2:00 pm the parties moved to the judge’s chambers and hearing began.
However, a few minutes later, Amirah walked out of the magistrate’s chambers in tears, but she was consoled by a lawyer and returned to the room.
The case was adjourned till January 10.
The suit, marked FCL/29/2017, was instituted by Fatima early this year seeking custody of both children.
Fatima, daughter of Maiduguri businessman Alhaji Bukar Bolori, married Aminu in 2007 but the estranged pair are now separated.
Last October 18, Chief Magistrate Ayeye temporarily remanded Aminu in a transit cell within the court’s premises after citing him for alleged contempt.
Atiku allegedly kept Amir from his mother’s custody, contrary to an October 11, 2017 order.
But the court ordered his release and dropped the contempt charge when he produced Amir in court.
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