January 10, 2018 – Atiku Son Ordered To Pay N250,000 Child Support Monthly As He Loses Custody Of Kids To Ex-Wife Fatima Bolori
The son of former VP Atiku Abubakar has lost his child custody battle to Unmi Fatima Bolori, his former wife and the mother of his two children, 9-year-old Ameera and 7-year-old Aamir Atiku.
A Tinubu Chief Magistrate’s Court, Lagos yesterday granted Bolori full custody of the children after Aminu failed to file a response to her application for child custody.
Chief Magistrate K. B. Ayeye ordered Aminu to pay Bolori N250, 000 monthly for the upkeep of the children, beginning January 2018.
The court also ordered Aminu to carry out medical insurance on each child, among others.
Chief Magistrate Ayeye, who heads the family section of the court, made the order following the “deliberate absence” of Aminu “and his legal team.”
Last November 1, the court granted Bolori interim custody of two children so that they may complete their third term in their school in Lagos.
The interim order, which lasted for 71 days, ended yesterday.
Bolori’s application for child custody, which proposed a ‘statement of arrangement’ for the children, was argued by her counsel, Gloria Albert-Ekpe (Mrs.) and Ethel Oko from Festus Keyamo chambers. It contained nine reliefs.
She prayed the court to order Aminu to pay her N300,000,00 monthly as feeding and maintenance allowance for the kids’ upkeep 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.
At the resumed hearing of the matter 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.”
When Aminu and his legal team eventually arrived at the courtroom, the proceedings were practically over.
He played with both kids in the courtroom but later left alone in a black Spoirts Utility Vehicle at 1:59pm.
The suit, marked FCL/29/2017, was instituted by Bolori seeking custody of both children.
Bolori and Aminu who got married in Ghana back in 2007 separated in 2011.
Aminu is presently married to a Ghanaian.