An Ikorodu customary court, yesterday in Lagos, ordered one Israel Linus to be detained for allegedly kidnapping his two children, after the court gave custody of the children to his wife.
President of the Court, Mrs Omolara Abiola, had in 2016 awarded the custody of the two children to Mrs Israel Mary after noting that her husband of 14 years was irresponsible.
Abiola ordered the 42-year-old husband to be detained for contempt of court, having been warned not to take the children.
She said: “Linus absconded with the children since December 2016 and was accosted at Ikeja in January.
“He kept the children in a hidden place and had been maltreating them; he also refused to enrol them in school.
“It was the children that secretly informed their mother of their whereabouts through a phone call.”
Abiola ordered the husband never to visit their residence till the final decision of the court.
The 35-year-old wife, who resides in Ikorodu, had approached the court seeking dissolution of her marriage, accusing the husband of irresponsibility and battery.
The court granted her request and dissolved the marriage after efforts at reconciliation proved abortive.
In the ruling, the court granted the woman, custody of the children and said the father can only visit the children at reasonable times.
The case was adjourned till March 17 for further hearing.