he son of former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, Aminu, on Wednesday lost custody of his daughter Ameera, 9, and his son Aamir, 7, to his estranged wife, Unmi Fatima Bolori.
Chief Magistrate Ayeye of a Tinubu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Wednesday granted Bolori full custody of the children after Aminu failed to file a response to her application for child custody.
The Magistrate made the order, following the absence of Aminu and his legal team.
Bolori’s application for child custody, which proposed a ‘statement of arrangement’ for the children, was argued by her lawyer, Mrs Gloria Albert-Ekpe and Ethel Okoh from Festus Keyamo Chambers.
Bolori’s lawyers asked the court to order Aminu to pay her N300,000,00 monthly as feeding and maintenance allowance for the kids’ upkeep and N1 million yearly as their clothing allowance.
She also sought the court for an order restraining Aminu from taking the kids “outside the shores of Nigeria for any purpose whatsoever” without her consent.
When the matter came up on Wednesday, 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 of N250, 000.00 monthly beginning January 2018.
“The respondent is ordered to effect medical insurance on each of the children.”