Legal/Judiciary

Hearing on divorce suit against Moji Obasanjo begins February 24

Barring any last-minute change, Justice C.C Ogunsanya of an Ogun State High Court sitting in Sagamu is expected to begin entertaining a divorce action instituted by a former Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Prof Mustapha Abiodun Akinkunmi, against his wife, Mrs Mojisola Obasanjo (nee Onabanjo), former wife of Gbenga Obasanjo, son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The divorce suit is specifically to be entertained on February 24, 2022, by the judge.

It is recalled that the development is coming 14 years after Mojisola separated from her former husband before an Ikeja High Court in Lagos.

Presently known as Mrs Mojisola Oluwayemisi Akinkunmi, she got married to Prof Akinkunmi on April 24, 2010, in New York City in the United States of America. The union was blessed with a son in 2011.

But as a result of the messy scandal that emanated from both Gbenga and Moji, the divorce suit had to be settled out of court.

But before the settlement could be achieved, Gbenga Obasanjo dropped a bombshell on his father’s alleged sexual intimacy with Moji.

Gbenga did not only accuse his father and the former president of Nigeria 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 formed part of the processes filed to dissolve the marriage at the Lagos High Court, Ikeja Division, in Suit No. ID/172HD/2006.

According to an affidavit filed before the court in response to the divorce suit signed on behalf of Gbenga Obasanjo by his counsel, Emankhu Addeh of Addeh & Associates, “The petitioner (Gbenga) averred that the respondent (Moji) confided in him severally while they were living together (sic) that she had been sexually abused and defiled by her father, Otunba Alex Onabanjo on several occasions.

“The petitioner avers that it was his bid to forcefully put an end to this 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.

“The petitioner further avers that he knows for a fact that the respondent committed adultery with and had an intimate, sexual relationship with his father, General Olusegun Obasanjo, to get contracts from the government.

“The petitioner avers that the Respondent also got rewarded for her adulterous acts with several oil contracts with the NNPC from his father, General Olusegun Obasanjo, amongst which was the NNPC consultancy training in supply chain management and project management awarded to her company Bowen and Brown. The petitioner avers that the Respondent shamelessly carried on her sexual escapades without any thought as to the psychological effect of same on him.

“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, 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.”

In the action before the Ogun State High Court sitting in Sagamu, Prof Akinkunmi declared that he is seeking dissolution “on the ground that the marriage has broken down irretrievably on the facts that the Petitioner and the Respondent have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 2 (two) years immediately preceding the presentation of this petition; and that since the marriage the Respondent has behaved in such a way that the Petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the Respondent.”

The professor further accused Mojisola of infidelity in their marriage, adding that, “Barely some months after she moved into the matrimonial home, she went back to her old ways of living, more importantly, engaging in extramarital affairs and this led to her moving out of her matrimonial home finally on 19th October 2018, and she has since refused and/or neglected to return to the matrimonial home”.

Prof Mustapha Abiodun Akinkunmi argued that after their marriage, they cohabited in New York City, United States of America, after which they moved to Nigeria and lived in Ikoyi, Lagos, after which the respondent moved out of the matrimonial house on 19th October, 2018″. The marriage produced an underage son.

The couple had tried a divorce before this one before Justice O.O Majekodunmi in suit number HCT/235/2019 but was withdrawn and struck out.

Prof Akinkunmi states in court: “Since the marriage, the Respondent has behaved in such a way that the Petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent namely by her acts of extreme cruelty involving mental, emotional and physical abuse to the Petitioner, which behaviour by the Respondent has been emotionally and physiologically traumatic for the Petitioner.

“The Respondent has a habit of leaving the matrimonial home for parties and travelling outside the country without informing and/or seeking the consent of the Petitioner or any other person of her whereabouts and would refuse to account for her whereabouts when required of by the Petitioner; The Respondent has the habit of keeping late at nights. She is in the habit of uttering abusive words and making embarrassing remarks to the Petitioner.”

Prof Akinkunmi further stated, “The Respondent is in the habit of putting up an issue to evade her responsibilities as a wife and mother in the home. The Respondent is highly temperamental.

“She has the habit of quarrelling with the Petitioner at every excuse, she has exhibited uncontrollable anger towards the Petitioner. Her character and behaviour are adverse to peace, and she is in the habit of damaging property as a result of her uncontrollable anger. This attitude of hers towards the Petitioner led to filing an action against her to curb her.”

The petitioner argued that the respondent has a nonchalant attitude towards him as she is uncaring and unloving towards him. She is ill-mannered as she shows no respect, and was unrepentant as she consistently continued her way of life and wrongdoings.

“In December 2017, the respondent moved out of her matrimonial home as she always desires to live a carefree life. In January 2018, she moved back into the matrimonial home through the intervention of some family friends by the act of forgiveness on the part of the petitioner, and she did promise to mend her ways,” the Petitioner added.

He, therefore, seeks the following from the court:

“A decree of dissolution of the marriage between the Petitioner and the Respondent on the ground that both parties have lived apart for a continuous period of over 2 years after the marriage preceding the presentation of the petition.

“A decree of dissolution of the marriage celebrated between the Petitioner and the Respondent on the ground that the Petitioner finds it intolerable to continue in the marriage with the Respondent due to her behaviours during the period of cohabitation of the parties.

“Such other or further reliefs as the Honourable Court may deem just in the circumstances of this Petition.”

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