Precious Chikwendu, the estranged wife of former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has started an online petition to demand custody of her children with the former aviation minister.
Fani-Kayode and Chikwendu’s marriage hit the rock in 2020 over her domestic violence claim and his counter-claim of infidelity.
They have been in a heated tussle for the custody of their children — Aragorn, Ragnar, Aiden, and Liam — since the marriage crashed.
In the petition, titled ‘Justice for Snowhite and Sons‘, the ex-beauty asked the United Nations (UN), Amnesty International, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to intervene in the matter.
Ms. Chikwendu had, through her lawyer Abdul-Aziz Jimoh, alleged that ex-husband Fani-Kayode, is using the IGP, FCT Commissioner of Police and Chief Superintendent of Police James Idachaba, to prevent her from having custody of her four children.
The petition reads, “Following Chief Fani-Kayode’s denial of access to her children, our client proceeded to the FCT High Court on February 10th, 2021, and filed suit number CV/372/2021 against him.
“It is simply because of this suit that Fani-Kayode enlisted the services of the Nigerian Police Force to harass our client, by causing his lawyer to write a spurious petition to the Police over the same matter pending in a court of competent jurisdiction.
“Chief Fani-Kayode, rather than submit to the jurisdiction of the court and defend himself as would most law-abiding citizens, proceeded to level allegation against our client that she was involved in a criminal consultancy, forgery, and falsification of court records.
“The said forgery was purportedly in respect of the receipt of court papers by Chief Fani-Kayode, who alleged that the signature presented by the court bailiff was a forged one
“It is more curious to note that these allegations were in respect of a matter pending in court and the normal thing would have been for the court to have been informed formally and the chief registrar of the court duly informed too by the formal complaint.
According to Chikwendu, the petition was initiated to help bring “her problem before the international community.”
The entrepreneur added that it would also help other African women who share similar experiences with her.
“This petition would help African women who have been denied a right to their children because they were married to or cohabited with a person of power,” it read.
“This petition would put an end to bullying and oppression from political spouses who have the power and means to oppress and frustrate their partners out of the lives of their growing children who need the love and care of both parents.
“Precious is seeking justice and custody of her children. This bill will help her bring her problem before the International community.”
As of the time of this report, 7,400 people have signed the petition, which targets 7,500 signatures.