The Tinubu Magistrate’s Court yesterday afternoon, was in chaos following the disappearance of Aamir Atiku, the 7-year-old son of Aminu Atiku and his ex-wife, Unmi Fatima Bolori.
According to Bolori, Aminu, son of former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, snatched Aamir and drove off with him. The incident allegedly happened at about 1:59pm, just few minutes after Bolori won custody of the kids; daughter Ameera Atiku, 9, and Aamir 7, to Bolori.
Bolori, was granted full custody of the children by Chief Magistrate Ayeye after Aminu failed to file a response to her application for child custody.
Aminu was also ordered to pay Bolori N250, 000 monthly for the upkeep of the children, payment which should start from this month. Aminu, was also ordered to carry out medical insurance on the children among others.
Bolori, who filed her child custody application in November 2017 proposed a nine-point ‘statement of arrangement’ for the children. She was represented by Gloria Albert-Ekpe (Mrs.) and Ethel Okoh from Festus Keyamo Chambers.
Her application asked that Aminu pay her N300,000,00 monthly for the kids feeding and maintenance allowance 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.
Upon resumption of the case yesterday, 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.
At about 1pm Aminu and his legal team eventually arrived at the courtroom but the proceedings were practically over.
According to The Nation, he was seen laughing and playing with both kids in the courtroom and at about 1:45pm, he consulted with his lawyers before walking out of the courtroom.
Okoh, Aminu, Bolori’s counsel while speaking on the issue said Aminu “snatched” his son from the mum, locked him in his car before driving off”.
Okoh also said Aminu, is still refusing to hand over his son to her client.
Bolori, daughter of Maiduguri businessman Alhaji Bukar Bolori, and Aminu got married in Ghana in 2007, but they separated in 2011.
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