A former beauty pageant has accused her ex-husband and former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, of beating her up at several times including when she was pregnant.
The ex-wife, Precious Chikwendu, further accused Fani-Kayode of confining her to a hospital when she attempted to escape.
Chikwendu subsequently demanded for full custody of their four sons.
The former beauty queen made the allegations in an affidavit she deposed to in support of an originating motion brought pursuant to Section 69 of the Child’s Rights Act, 2003.
She said she met Fani-Kayode in 2014 at the peak of her career and they soon fell in love and began living together and had four children, a son age five and a set of triplets age three.
The former beauty queen said, “From the early days of our relationship, the respondent (Fani-Kayode), has always maintained a lifestyle of utter disregard to my feelings.
This was evident in the way and manner the respondent assaulted me while pregnant with our first son.
“The respondent (Fani-Kayode) kicked me severally on my stomach over a petty argument that ensued. It was my friend, Vanessa, who was around at the material time that intervened at the nick of time to save me.
I had to leave the respondent’s (Fani-Kayode’s) house a few days after this incident. The respondent (Fani-Kayode) repeated the same act when I was pregnant with triplets, this time it was my mother and sister, Faith, that intervened.”Chikwendu said on one occasion, Fani-Kayode and a former Divisional Police Officer of Asokoro Police Station drugged her.
She alleged that the former minister accused her of infidelity and on several occasions locked her out of their Abuja home.
She asked the court to compel Fani-Kayode to give her a monthly payment of N3.5m for the upkeep of the four sons, claiming he currently spends N1.8m on food, toiletries and others on the four children every month while N575,000 is spent monthly on clothing.