From Agboola Fesobi, Owo
There was a mild drama at a Customary Court sitting in Owo, as three men laying claim to the paternity of a one and half year old boy, were ordered to go for DNA test.
The presiding president of the court, Mr. Dapo Adebayo, asked the three men, Mr. Oloye Adeleye, Mr. Olu Dokita and Mr. Femi Ogunoye, to go for the test to ascertain the real father of the boy.
The plaintiff, Mr Oloye Adeleye had approached the court to ascertain the real owner of the boy he claimed he had been taking care of since birth .
The paternity tussle began when a younger brother to the plaintiff, one Mr Aisida Abiodun, while testifying as a witness told the court, that the boy was not his brother’s son.
Also one of the respondent, Mr Olu Dokita, in his testimony narrated to the court that actually, the
mother of the boy was his concubine, whom he met with a son.
Dokita, a farmer said it was agreed that sometimes in the future, the woman would give birth to his own child.
When asked on the paternity of the said boy, he vehemently denied being his father, saying his mother came to his house alongside the boy.
Also Dokita’s wife, Mrs Wule Dokita told the court that she was in the farm one fateful day when her husband brought the woman in without her knowledge.
“The lady came along with the boy. And when I asked who is his father, my husband categorically said he was not the father.
“He told me that he had only married the woman to assist me in taking care of the house and perhaps she could conceive and give birth to his own child.
“As at the time when the woman came, my husband asked me to leave the village and relocate to the main town, while the lady stayed with him in the village,”she explained.
A witness to the respondent, Mr Falade Adesina, told the court that after taking his brother to his concubine’s place several times, he introduced her to him as a wife, but that he wasnot interested in their relationship, because he already has a wife at home.
He confirmed to the court that his brother did not specifically tell him he was the father of the boy anywhere.
Dokita’s counsel, Barrister G O Owojori, who told the court that his client was not the real father of the boy, drew the attention of the court to one Femi Ogunoye, who also claimed ownership of the boy.
Mr Femi Ogunoye, who happened to be the third claimant of the boy, said he still had sexual intimacy with the lady five days ago.
Ogunoye said the lady did not tell him that he was not the owner of the boy, saying he lost his father when the boy’s pregnancy was just three months old .
“I dreamt of the boy’s name, which led to the name he is bearing today, “iyanu” he claimed.
Reacting to all the allegations, the boy’s mother, Mrs Iyabo Oloye, did not deny the fact that the boy’s true father is Mr Oloye Adeleye.
But she admitted that Mr Olu Dokita was her husband whom she has no issue for, while she completely denied ever having any affairs with Mr Femi Ogunoye, whom she claimed only assisted her in the past.
In his ruling, the president of the court, Mr Dapo Adebayo, ordered the three men contesting the paternity of the boy to go for DNA test, so as to ascertain the real father of the said boy.
He added that the expenses Incurred shall be equally shared among them.
He also said after discovering the real father of the boy through the DNA test, the eventual owner of the boy would return back the money spent on DNA to the other two claimants.
He adjourned the case till March 27, 2019.