Court Dissolves Gbenga Obasanjo’s Marriage

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Court dissolves Obasanjo’s marriage

 

Written by Abdulwahab Abdulah & Rita Nwafor   

Saturday, 24 January 2009

 

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An Ikeja High Court presided over by Justice Elfreda Williams formally dissolved the wedlock  between Dr Gbenga Obasanjo, the ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s son and his estranged wife, Mojisola, yesterday, ending the nine years old relationship

Delivering her judgement, Justice Williams ordered   the separation of the couple immediately and  granted the custody of the two children of the marriage to Mojisola, Gbenga’s former wife.

Though the separated couple were absent in court, they were represented by counsel.

The Judge ordered that Gbenga Obasanjo ‘shall be responsible for the upkeep of the two kids of the marriage including their education to the University level’. She also granted prayers requesting that he (Obasanjo) should have an unfettered access to the children under the custody of their mother.

However, the court was silent on   properties/ assets jointly owned by the couple, while their relationship lasted.

Justice Williams held that: “ I hereby pronounce the decree dissolving the marriage solemnized at the Archbishop Vining Memorial church Ikeja, Lagos in April 2000. The petitioner shall take care of the needs of the kids in Nigeria and abroad.

The petitioner shall also take care of clothing needs of the children, their medical bills both in Nigeria and abroad. He will also be responsible for the payment of the domestic staff engaged to take care of the kids, though he has a right to interview and fix the remuneration of the domestic staff , who will take care of the children.”

The court also ordered that the international Passport of the kids shall remain with the respondent, Moji and that the Respondent shall have full custody and control of the kids. However, there was a caveat from the court that the obligations will remain binding until the kids attain age 21.

Four years into the marriage between Gbenga and Moji, the two of them according to Gbenga in his petition have been living together like cat and mouse, until last year when he filed a petition in court asking for the immediate dissolution of the marriage, which he said had broken down irretrievably.

Gbenga Obasanjo, in his petition not only accused his own father and Nigeria former president of having sex with his wife before awarding contracts to her, he  also alleged that his wife’s father, Otunba Alex Onabanjo and other men slept with her. 

This shocking revelation was contained in an affidavit he submitted to the court in response to a messy divorce case he filed.  

Gbenga celebrated marriage to Moji, which took place at the Archbishop Vinning Memorial Church, Ikeja, in April, 2000, hit  the rocks barely four years after the lovebirds exchanged marital vows.  Moji   allegedly deserted her matrimonial home on December 2, 2004 and did not return  until this messy divorce battle.

In his affidavit signed on his behalf by his counsel, Emankhu Addeh , Gbenga averred that the respondent (Moji) confided in him severally while they were living together that she had been sexually abused and defiled by her father, Otunba Alex Onabanjo on several occasions. 

The petitioner averred that it was his bid to forcefully put an end to these ignoble acts on the part of his father in law, Otunba Alex Onabanjo that led to the total breakdown of relations between himself and Otunba Onabanjo.

He further averred that he knows for a fact that the respondent committed adultery with and had an intimate, sexual relationship with his own father, Olusegun Obasanjo, in order to get contracts from the government, while he was in office.     

The petitioner avers that lurid sexual relationship of the Respondent with her own father, Otunba Alex Onabanjo and his father General Olusegun Obasanjo, has brought him great pain and psychological trauma and is the primary reason for the breakdown of his marriage to the Respondent.  

He averred that the respondent (Moji) while married to him was also committing adultery with one Mr. Olumide Ogunlesi and that she allegedly carried on her sexual escapades without any thought as to the psychological effect of same on him. Gbenga further stated in the affidavit that the paternity of the two children that are the product of his marriage to Moji was in doubt, considering the alleged multiple sexual relationships she had with several men.  

Consequently, he opted for a DNA test to be conducted to ascertain the paternity of the children   The petitioner avers that it is now necessary for a court ordered DNA test to be carried out on both himself, Otunba Alex Onabanjo and General Olusegun Obasanjo by a competent independent medical laboratory chosen by the court, in order to ascertain the actual paternity of the children of the marriage as the continued uncertainty about their actual paternity is making his life a misery.

The petitioner averred that the actual father of the children of the marriage will be found amongst himself, Otunba Alex Onabanjo and General Olusegun Obasanjo and same must be addressed immediately.  The petitioner avered that it was pertinent that this is done before further deliberations in this matter as the issue of the children paternity is integral to the determination of the suit and must thus be resolved and laid to rest urgently.

Though, the court did not do anything on those request since both of them brought motions conceding to the dissolution of the marriage without any hassle.

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