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Paternity issue: Man drags  ex-wife to court for naming child after Ataoja of Osogbo

From Michael Ofulue


Professor Adekunle Oloki, has  approached the Erin- Osun Customary Court to challenge his estranged wife for allegedly naming their daughter after her new husband, the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olamilekan Oyetunji.

Oloki accused Kafayat of changing his daughter’s name, Nadirah Lawal-Oloki to Nadirah Oyetunji.

In a motion filed by his counsel, Asafa Olaore, the plaintiff claimed that the defendant took their daughter to live with her in her new matrimonial home, at Ataoja of Osogbo’s palace, without the consent of the plaintiff, who is the father.

Oloki claimed the defendant  changed the name of his daughter from Nadirah Lawal-Oloki to Nadirah Oyetunji.

Among others, the plaintiff sought the following reliefs:

“That the plaintiff has more than sufficient wherewithal necessary in taking proper care and nurturing of his daughter to any standard.

“The plaintiff, if granted custody of his child by this Honourable Court, is quite ready to continue taking full responsibility for r her needs.

“The  plaintiff’s daughter is a United States citizen and the plaintiff has commenced efforts to make the child acquire her citizenship,” Olaore stated.

Olaore, therefore, urged the court to direct the defendant to allow the plaintiff access to his daughter.

But  the respondent’s counsel, S. B. Ajibade, told the court that the plaintiff was never denied access to his daughter, saying, “he (Oloki) ran away since 2015 and abandoned his responsibilities.”

 President of the Court, Mr. K. B. Adeyinka, adjourned the case till December 14, for hearing.


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