banker, has accused his father-in-law, Chief Godwin Osochukwu, of
abducting his son, Kayomikun, adding that the 69-year-old community
leader renamed his child.
the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, the Lagos State Police
Command, the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons
and other related matters, and the National Human Rights Commission, had
not received attention.
saying the 39-year-old did not marry his daughter in accordance with
Yoruba name, because the two families had no ancestral link to Yoruba.
Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State, however, told Punch Metro
that he lawfully married his late wife, Favour Njoku.
May 31, 2015, we had our traditional marriage in her father’s compound
in Umuokwara Umucheke Okwe in the Onuimo council area.
child centre at FESTAC Town for bed rest. But when we got there, she was
diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia and we were advised by a doctor
that she would have to deliver through a caesarean section that night.
father and he spoke with the doctor and gave the go ahead with the
operation. I also called my wife’s elder brothers to notify them.”
another relative, his wife was delivered of a baby boy, who was named
Kayomikun, Chimdinso, Destiny, Sunday, Patrick, Njoku.
child for a thanksgiving service at his church, his father-in-law
refused to release the child.
pushed my sister, Charity Njoku, out of their house and took away my son
from my sister staying with my mother-in-law,” he added.
case against Princewill at the Agboju Police Station, Lagos State,
alleging that he never married his late daughter.
Magistrate’s Court, where the banker allegedly discovered that his
father-in-law had changed his son’s name from Kayomikun, Chimdinso,
Destiny, Sunday, Patrick, Njoku, to Samuel, Ndidi, Destiny, Osochukwu.
court, which the father-in-law agreed to, before later asking for
welfare centre every Monday in order to get acquainted with the father.
Instead of my father in-law to organise the peace meeting he requested,
he went to the police at Zone 9 and lied against me.
demanded that he should produce my son since May 2016, but he refused.
It was at this instance that the magistrate issued a bench warrant on
that we officially report a case of kidnap and abduction to the
Commissioner of Police at the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, which
we did. But the officers at X-Squad, Ikeja, have refused to arrest the
man,” he said.
don’t marry someone completely when he is alive, you will complete it
when the person dies. So, he should do the right thing.
marriage. We are both from Imo State, but he has refused to allow
elders to mediate.
course traditionally. The police have told him there is nothing like
kidnapping in this case. This is a child that was brought out from my
daughter’s womb and the child was born at seven months. He has been in
my care ever since and we have been giving him all kinds of medication
to ensure that he survives.”
Police Command, said he withdrew the case he instituted against
Princewill at the Lagos Magistrate’s Court after a disagreement with the
operated upon, said he had been taking the child to the court until he
was ordered to take the child to a welfare centre.
not allow that. She gave the order on Thursday and by Friday, we got a
stay of execution from a high court.
court, I asked my lawyer to withdraw the case, but he refused. I
changed the lawyer and asked the new one to withdraw the matter. But the
magistrate refused the application. That was when I concluded that I
was no longer safe and stopped going to the court.
daughter gave him before she died. The name I added was that of my
daughter, just to remember her,” he said.
of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni, on Wednesday
Famous-Cole, said he would get back to our correspondent, but had yet to
do so as of press time.