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Court to rule in application by lawyer to call his 4 children as witnesses on July 30



A Gudu Upper Area Court in Abuja, on Friday to deliver ruling on July 30, in an application filed by an Abuja-based lawyer, Abdullahi Abdulhadi, seeking to call his four  children as witnesses in a suit filed by estranged wife, Amina.

Amina filed the suit seeking the enforcement of N50,000 monthly upkeep and payment of the children’s school fees that was awarded by the Sharia Court of appeal at the time of their divorce.

She alleged that Abdulhadi had defaulted in the payment of the judgment sum.

Abdulhadi, however tendered his statement of accounts to the court, as evidence that he was complying with the judgment.

He also informed the court that he had been making the payments directly into the children’s account.

Abdulahdi, also applied to the court that the children be allowed to testify before it, since there are the beneficiaries of the monies paid.

Amina, who is also a legal practitioner representing herself, objected to the application, saying that “my children should not be brought into this matter.”

Abdulhadi, however insisted that the children should be allowed to testify since they were the beneficiaries of the money.

He informed the court that their first daughter is over 20 years of age while the second child is 17years old, so the first two can be allowed to testify, if not all.

He further explained that the period he had financial challenges, he ask Amina to allow him change the children’s school but she refused and took them to a new schools, instructing the school not to allow him to visit the children.

“Amina blocked every communication between my children and I. She even changed our son’s name from Rabani to Mohammed without my consent,’’ he said.

The judge, Alhaji Abdullahi Abdulkareem, then asked if the respondent would be willing to pay his children’s school fees.

The respondent, then said that he would be ready to sponsor his first son to the University of Abuja and also pay the school fees of three of the remaining children.

Amina, however in her response, told the court that the respondent has not paid the children’s school fees from 2012 to  September 2018.