By Anayo Okoli
Aba – A doctor with the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Dr. Bassey Edem, has rejected a child adopted by his wife, Mrs. Nubaridoo Edem, and even dragged the wife to court, accusing her of child trafficking.
Dr. Edem alleged that the wife, whoÂ he claimed had filedÂ for divorce, fraudulently adopted into their home, one Miss Favour Bassey Edem.
Dr. Edem, in the suit before an Aba Magistrate Court,Â presided over by Mrs. Joy Ibeanu,Â is praying the court to set aside a court order made on May 2, 2006 by Magistrate U.U. Uche, granting the said adoption, alleging that it â€œwas obtained by fraud and false misrepresentation and without his consentâ€.
Edem also wants the court â€œto nullify the adoption of Miss Favourâ€ by his wife â€œas the process was fraudulent and without my consent and appropriate authorityâ€.
Dr. Edem had also petitioned the National Agency for Prohibition of Child Trafficking (NAPIF), accusing the wife of child trafficking.
Joined in the suit is the Director of Social Welfare Department, Abia state Ministry of Sports and Social Development.
Edem in a 17-paragragh affidavit in support of the suit, denied ever accompanying his wife â€œto Aba or Umuahia to seek consent and to apply for the adoption of Miss Favour Edem Basseyâ€.
He claimed that he never appeared before Magistrate U.U. Uche, who granted the adoption, adding that he never visited Nwamaka Maternity Motherless Babies home, where the child was adopted, saying that all the claims made by his wife were false.
Further hearing in the matter has been adjourned till September 14, 2009