Telecommunications cum business mogul, Mike Adenuga's son, Eniola, has been enmeshed in a dirty custody battle with his ex-lover Damilola.
Punch gathered that on Friday, May 18, 2018, Mike Adenuga's son who was accompanied by some policemen to pick up his daughter, Athena at her school in the Lekki area of Lagos State, was accused of allegedly abducting the three-year-old.
Eniola reportedly refused to release the child to her mother ,despite a court order which reportedly granted him access to the child only on weekends. The custody battle between Eniola and 25-year-old Damilola, began shortly after they welcomed their daughter.
In September 2017, a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court gave an interim order, which awarded custody of the child to the mother following disagreements between the duo and their families. While Eniola was given unrestricted access to the child, he was, however, asked to pick her every Friday and return her to the mother on Sunday. The arrangement was said to have been running smoothly until on May 18 when the father allegedly took Athena from school.
Falana and Falana Chambers, which is representing Damilola, said Eniola’s action was “tantamount to abduction" in a petition to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi. The law firm explained that the violation of the court order could result in a breach of the peace, urging Imohimi to bring Eniola to book.
The petition read in part,
“On Friday, May 18, 2018, our client dropped off Athena at school (Marymount School, Rachael Nwagwu Street, Lekki) around 8.30am, as usual. About 2pm same day, our client returned to the said school to pick up her daughter. To our client’s dismay, the school told her that Mr Eniola Adenuga in company with some mobile policemen came to the school and forcefully took Athena away without her school bag.
“Our client immediately called Mr Eniola Adenuga to find out why he took the child away without her consent, contrary to the order of court that our client remain in custody of Athena and access given to Mr Adenuga every week from Friday to Sunday in company with Athena’s nanny.
“Mr Adenuga did not take the calls or respond to message sent to him by our client till date, safe for his one sentence response that he had taken Athena. Till date, our client does not know the whereabouts of Athena and has confirmed from the school that Athena is not in school.
“Our client is distressed as the conduct of Mr Eniola Adenuga is likely to cause a breach of public peace.”
A family source also alleged that Damilola was traumatized, following the incident allegedly orchestrated by Mike Adenuga's son.
“The arrangement was that the mother picked the child from school and Eniola takes her from the mother. On that day, the mother was told that Eniola came to the school and took her.
“Since that time, the school authorities said they had been sending her homework to the father through email. All efforts the mother made to reach him had been abortive. The only time he responded, he merely said he had switched custody to himself. We are talking about a three-year-old girl that has never been without her mother for this long. The mother is a pharmacist who has her own source of livelihood" the source said.
While Damiola confirmed the incident but declined further comment, Eniola, when contacted on Tuesday by Punch's correspondent, promised to call back.