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Keyamo, wife fight over custody of 2 children

By Abdulwahab Abdulah & Tosin Adejuwon

LAGOS—A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has been told how a Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Festus Keyamo, chased out his wife, Irene Isioma and two children from her matrimonial home.

Keyamo is the petitioner in the matter before Elfreda Dawodu-Williams of the Probate and Family Division of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, where he is asking the court to compel his wife to allow him change their children’s school, among other issues.

When the matter came up before the court, Keyamo’s counsel, Miss Gloria Oahajaguan, told the court that he filed an application dated August 31, 2009, adding that the respondent (Mrs. Keyamo) had filed a counter-affidavit to which they have also filed their response which she intends to move to court. “My lord, the first prayer on the application which the petitioner intends to move is to change the children’s school to a better one, among other issues like access.”

However, counsel to Mrs. Keyamo, Mr. Jonathan Ogunsanya, from the Office of the Public Defender, told the court that his office filed a counter-affidavit with written address dated September 9, 2009.

The court, however, acknowledged that there was a proof of service of the said reply filed by Keyamo, but did not want the application moved. ”I see proof of service of said reply showing that it had been served. However, the mind of the court is that this application should not be moved.

The prayers in it are straight-forward and the court only need to hear reservations of the respondent. The parties should meet and agree on how the children will be looked after. This is not for the court to decide.”


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