- Aminu Atiku, son of former vice president Abubakar Atiku, has asked an Igbosere high court in Lagos to suspend his children’s N250,000 monthly maintenance fee
- Aminu is also seeking to upturn a magistrates’ court’s decision awarding custody of their children to his ex-wife
- The counsel to the former vice president's son contended that the N250,000 was unnecessary because Atiku was satisfying all the needs of his children
An Igbosere high court in Lagos on Wednesday fixed May 24 to rule on an application by Aminu Atiku, son of former vice president Abubakar Atiku, seeking to suspend his children’s N250,000 monthly maintenance fee.
Justice Kazeem Alogba fixed the date after listening to arguments from Oyinkan Badejo, Atiku’s counsel and Ethel Okoh, counsel for his ex-wife, Ummi Fatima Bolori. Neither Atiku nor Bolori were present in court.
In the suit, Atiku is seeking to upturn a magistrates’ court’s decision awarding custody of the ex-couple’s daughter, Ameera, 11, and son, Aamir, 7, to Bolori. He is also seeking a stay of execution on the N250,000 monthly maintenance fee, on the ground that it is “onerous".
At the commencement of proceedings on Wednesday, Badejo contended that the N250,000 was unnecessary because Atiku was satisfying all the needs of his children. According to her, the applicant (Atiku) is footing the children’s education and medical bills, among others.
She added that “Aminu Atiku had been paying for his children’s schooling and all incidental charges, including school bus and feeding. Their medical cover is comprehensive.”
The lawyer told the court that the lower court did not consider Atiku’s ability to pay the N250,000, noting that the financial capacity of Atiku’s parents was irrelevant .
“The man is spending from his own pocket. How many 40-year-olds are receiving allowances from their parents?” she asked.
But Okoh challenged the argument. She said contrary to the magistrates’ court order, Atiku had not paid the N250,000 since March, adding that Section 62(5) of the Lagos State Child’s Rights Law required him to pay maintenance for his kids’ upkeep.
Okoh explained that the N250,000 monthly maintenance included payment for feeding and wardrobe allowance, among others, in accordance with the N300,000 earlier child custody agreement reached by their families.
Counsel to the ex-wife further said that on March 8 and March 15, Atiku sent two letters requesting the release of the kids to him for a two-week vacation abroad, adding that the monthly allowance was a far cry from the cost of vacation abroad.
She said Aminu Atiku did not pay his children’s school fees until April 11, a day before his appeal at the high court.
Okoh added that “from March till date, nothing has been paid for the kids’ allowance. The respondent is also not aware of any arrangement for medical cover for the kids. They are not benefitting from any medical insurance.”
Legit.ng previously reported that a chief magistrate court in Lagos state, on Wednesday, January 10, granted full custody of the children of the son of former vice president Abubakar Atiku, Aminu, to his estranged wife, Fatima Bolori.
Daily Trust reports that the Chief Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye ordered that the two children a 7-year-old Aamir and a 9-year-old Ameera that reside with Bolori at her residence in KatampeExtension in Abuja.
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