Eniola, son of telecommunications mogul, Mike Adenuga, is reportedly in a legal battle with his lover identified only as Damilola over custody of their child.
PUNCH Metro reports that the 28-year-old, accompanied by some policemen, had picked up the three-year-old child named Athena at her school in the Lekki area of Lagos State on Friday, May 18, 2018.
He was alleged to have refused to release the child to her mother despite a court order which granted him access to the child only on weekends.
Eniola and Damilola were said to have been in a relationship during which the 25-year-old became pregnant and had the child.
Disagreement was said to have broken out between the duo and their families, resulting in a legal battle for the child’s custody.
The Falana and Falana Chambers, representing Damilola had written a petition to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, saying Eniola’s action was “tantamount to abduction.”
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.
“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,” the petition read in part.
Damilola, the child’s mother who confirmed the incident said: “Please, just help me get my child back.”
Meanwhile, a man identified simply as Deji, who claimed to be Eniola’s friend and lawyer, told PUNCH Metro that there was no issue of abduction.
He explained that Eniola decided to keep Athena because an application for an extended custody (beyond weekend) of the child was truncated after the case was transferred.
“There is an application before the court for an extended custody. Midway into that, the case was reassigned because they (Damiola’s lawyers) wrote a petition (against the magistrate). The case has been transferred without a ruling on Eniola’s application (for extended custody),” he said.