It is no longer news that Nigeria’s Judiciary system is highly corrupt. You can hardly have issues with a politician and get justice.
Precious Chikwendu; the ex-wife of a former Nigerian Aviation Minister has been locked in a child-custody battle following her break-up with the former Minister; Femi Fani-Kayode in August 2020.
There are indications that Precious, has been arrested and detained by the police in the Federal Capital Territory.
This was revealed by a human rights activist; Harrison Gwamnishu in a Facebook post on Wednesday nights. He disclosed that Precious was detained after honoring an invitation by the Force CID, Area 10 in Abuja.
This followed allegations of criminal intimidation, blackmail, deflation of character, and malicious publication by Fani-Kayode against his ex-wife, according to the police invitation letter seen by SaharaReporters.
Gwamnishu wrote, “I spoke to Precious Chikwendu this morning and she told me she’s going to honor the Police invitation. I immediately reached out to Tracy Mcwary to follow up and ensure she gets (sic) all the necessary support.
“She has been detained by police, courtesy of Femi Fani-Kayode who has continued to deny her access to her kids. For those of you saying back off, Precious is my friend and there is no way Harrison will back off.
“A mother needs her children and that’s all I seek #FreePrecious.”
Precious who is a former beauty queen, in an Instagram post, on Wednesday accused Fani-Kayode and a close friend of his, Senator Grace Bent, of using the police to intimidate her.
The former beauty queen also shared a photo of a letter from the police inviting her for questioning at the Force Criminal Investigation Department Abuja.
“So these two, think they would use the police that is meant for all of us to intimidate me? Jokers. Mr. Fani-Kayode and Grace Bent, you would tell me what this show of power is all about if not for my kids. If you had any shame, you would sit with my lawyers and straighten issues. It’s a shame we got to this bridge,” she said.
Fani-Kayode, who had had a hat-trick of marriages before meeting Precious with whom he has four sons, including a set of two-year-old triplets, accused her of infidelity.
Sources told SaharaReporters that the former Minister started physically abusing Precious from the first year of their marriage the same fate that befell her three predecessors. The violence, it was gathered, increased as the years went by.
FFK as the ex-minister is often referred to was said to have ordered Precious to abort her last pregnancy, claiming it did not belong to him. The sources said Precious ignored him but got a savage beating, including on her belly for the recalcitrance.
A source said Fani-Kayode always hit the woman violently in presence of their home helps and sometimes threatened her with a gun by sticking the weapon in her mouth to warn her against squealing.
He sometimes instructed his bodyguard to hit the ex-beauty queen.
Fani-Kayode’s first wife, Saratu Attah, whom he married when he was 22, was also regularly pummeled by him.
Sources said the woman, daughter of the late Adamu Attah, was viciously beaten for requesting a swimming pool in their home on Marine Road in Apapa, Lagos. FFK’s next marriage was to Yemisi Odesanya, daughter of a judge. She is now known as Yemisi Wada after remarrying.
In newspaper interviews, the woman told stories of Fani-Kayode’s viciousness and lack of care for their daughters, the reason for which he was excluded from the marriage of one of them, Temitope, in 2014.
Despite the disconnect between him and the children, FFK never fails to advertise his “love” for them on Facebook on their birthdays.
Precious recently told the Court of Appeal in Abuja that her former husband cannot cater to their four children. Precious alleged the oldest among their children had stopped school, and that their young triplets had yet to start schooling.
The plaintiff, who demands a monthly payment of N3.5 million for the upkeep of their four sons, had alleged in her suit before an Abuja High Court that Fani-Kayode, “beat her up on several occasions even while she was pregnant.”
Hmmm…no one is above the law. It’s such a shame that the minister allowed this issue to linger for this long. We hope Precious gets the justice she so deserves.