'I Don't Want To Stay With My Father', 14-Year-Old Tells Court
Isiaka and Fatimo Adeniji have been divorced for some years and their only child has been in the custody of his ex-wife Fatimo.
At the Grade C Customary Court in Oja Oba yesterday 8th January, Isiaka pleaded for the custody of his daughter but got more than he bargained for.
The 14-year-old girl named Shukurah Adeniji pleaded with the court that she would not want to stay in the custody of her father.
According to Shukura, she prefers to stay with her mother because her father does not give priority to her education.
"I have access to good education, I eat whenever I want and whatever I want, I go to an Islamic school as well and I have never been sent home for nonpayment of school fees" she said of her mother’s care.
Fatimo had also pleaded with the court that she could not let her only child leave her.
According to Fatimo, she has been told that she won't be able to have children again due to the operation she had while giving birth.
"After the operation, it was discovered that my womb and my urinary track were sewn together which made me to urinate uncontrollably, my husband sent me out of the house because of this predicament when we couldn't get a solution on time.
"My daughter is the only consolation I have in life, if she is taken away from me, what will be left of me?
"My daughter was staying with him before I was given her custody and I was responsible for the payment of her school fees, he believes that the child should go to only an Islamic school where she will be an Islamic scholar but I wanted more for my child which is also part of the reason why I don't want her to be in his custody," she said.
Isiaka, however, claimed that he didn't send his wife packing out of the house and he also had witnesses to that fact.
"I didn't send her packing from the house, she took her things and left the house. As regards the school of our daughter, it's true that she pays the school fees, anytime I go to the school, I will be informed that my wife has made the payment.
"I also want quality education for my child, people advised me to change her former school because they only teach Islamic citations which I did," he said.
It was after hearing from both parties that the court president, Chief Odunade Ademola J. P called their daughter to know her desire and she dropped the unpleasant news for her father.
"He is my father and I love him, but I will prefer to stay with my mum. When I grow older, I will definitely take care of him and perform every of my responsibilities to my father," she said.
The case was adjourned till February 13 for consultations and hearing.
According to the court president, more consultation would be required before judgement can be delivered on the issue.
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