By Abdulwahab Abdulah & Tosin Adejuwon
Justice Elfreda Williams-Dawodu of an Ikeja High Court yesterday resolved the controversies between Dr. Gbenga
Obasanjo, son to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his former wife, Mojisola, on the custody of their
children as it allowed the woman the custody while granted Gbenga an unfettered access to the two children.
Specifically, the presiding judge in the case ordered that the children would visit their fatherâ€™s house on
weekends and during holidays.
Shortly after the judgment, Dr Obasanjo filed a fresh motion asking the court to state in clear terms how and
when he could have a reasonable access to their children as ordered by the court.
Delivering her judgment in the case yesterday, Justice Williams-Dawodu ruled that Gbenga should have access to
the children on a Saturday or Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. once a month.
Apart from this, the court directed that the man can visit the childrenâ€™s school on special activity days such as
Parents Teachersâ€™ Association meeting, Prize Giving day or sports day, adding that he can also take part in the
schoolâ€™s Children Helper Scheme where parents help in training their wards as he had been doing.
The court also said Mojisola shall have full custody of the children and cater for them while Gbenga shall have reasonable access to them as their father as appropriate.
The Judge held: â€œThe court during the conference held with both parties on custody and reasonable access had the opportunity to observe the parties and the court found out that both parties show love, care and affection for their children. It is therefore in this regard that the court had very carefully and with deep reflection pursuant to the petition considered the case.â€
She added, â€œ the court urge the petitioner (Gbenga) to continue in his zeal and commitment to parental responsibility and the respondent (Mojisola) to give support to the petitioner as regards the children.â€
Earlier in her ruling, she had said that the issue before the court is to make provisions for access to kids by the petitioner in order to eliminate friction between both parties. Both of them were represented in court. The lawyers acknowledged the courtâ€™s efforts in resolving the matter amicably. They promised that both of them will abide with the courtâ€™s ruling.
Emmako Addeh, Gbengaâ€™s lawyer said, â€œI thank the court for ruling in the best interest of the children.â€ While Mojiâ€™s counsel said, â€œParties will abide by the ruling.â€
Specifically, Gbenga had approached the court four weeks back, pleading the court to seek clarifications and declaration of the custody and his access to the children. Justice Elfreda Dawodu-William had on January 23, 2009 dissolved the marriage after both couples failed to reconcile their differences, ceding the custody of the children to Moji, but granted Gbenga unfettered access to the children.