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Sophia Momodu cites Davido’s son’s death as reason he should not have custody of their daughter


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Sophia Momodu, the mother of Davido’s first child, Imade Adeleke has filed a counter affidavit in response to the Originating Motions lodged by the Afrobeat superstar.

Mr David Adeleke, had filed the motion through his lawyers, requesting joint custody or unfettered access to their daughter, Imade.

The case was filed at the Lagos State High Court on April 17, 2024.

Sophia’s response comes as a counter to Davido’s request, marking the latest development in the ongoing custody battle between the two.

The suit, marked LD/1587PMC/2024, has as applicant Mr David Adedeji Adeleke, while Ms Sophia Momodu was listed as the sole Respondent.

In a 100-paragraph counter-affidavit to Applicant’s Originating Motion, Sophia Momodu stated that their daughter “is a minor (9 years old) and as her mother, she has stayed with me all her life and I have been responsible for her welfare, upkeep, and well-being.”

In the suit, Sophia prayed the court that custody of their daughter should not be granted to the Applicant citing his controversial lifestyle which according to her “will expose our daughter to more negative trauma at her tender age”.

Giving other reasons while custody should not be granted to the Applicant, the Respondent stated “that the Applicant in his role as an artiste always travels and allows many unsavoury male adults around him and his house, who will not be a good influence on an impressionable young female child, like our daughter.

“The Applicant disagreed with child therapy as the Applicant has been estranged from our daughter for a while and safely and sustainably establishing a meaningful presence in our daughter’s life is paramount.

“The Applicant is an artist who always travels around the world as mandated by his career and cannot possibly be with our daughter at crucial times.

“The Applicant is married to another woman, and they live together. The proper upbringing of our daughter by another cannot be guaranteed.

“The fact that the Applicant lost his son in his house in rather unfortunate and questionable circumstances shows that our daughter cannot be placed in the custody of the Applicant.”

Sophia Momodu stated she had been the sole caregiver and primary financial provider for their daughter for the past few years when the Applicant started failing in his commitment.

“That as a mother my commitment to ensure my daughter’s well-being is unwavering,” Sophia said, insisting that the Applicant “has never been denied access to our daughter as I have stated earlier.”

“That by correspondence dated 14th of July 2023 and 16th of January 16, 2024, I reiterated my commitment to ensure that our daughter enjoys a healthy and supportive environment. I informed the Applicant of his commitment and how the same will affect our daughter negatively if not performed.

“That I informed the Applicant that unless he undertakes to change his Inappropriate behaviors and overtures towards me, any visitation and or access to our daughter should be done elsewhere other than my residence and in the company of our daughter’s nanny whom she is familiar with and has grown quite fond of.

“That I know as a fact that the Applicant is not fit to be granted custody of our daughter because he is not available and does not possess the ability to dutifully care for her.”

Sophia Momodu explained that her relationship with the Applicant began in 2014 which led to the birth of their daughter in the year 2015.

“That we broke up in the year 2017 and sometimes in 2020 we made up and the relationship was finally ended in 2022,” she added.

According to her, throughout their relationship, she had always attempted to break up with the Applicant as “I was tired of his lies and unfaithfulness, but he always used the withdrawal of his fatherly duties and maintenance for our daughter as a pawn to force me to resume the sexual relationship with him.”

Sophia Momodu stated that contrary to paragraph 4 of the affidavit in support of the Originating Motion, “I finally ended my relationship with the Applicant in the year 2022 after years of abuse and lies by the Applicant.”

She added, “Before this period I and the Applicant have always jointly been responsible for the upkeep of our daughter”.

“That throughout the course of our relationship the Applicant has never shown true commitment or love for our daughter as he always used the condition of my making myself available for his sexual pleasures as a pre-condition to visit our daughter or show some fatherly love to her.

“That the Applicant apart from his cravings for a sex slave only comes around to spend time with our daughter when he wants to use our daughter for his media stunts or promotions.

“That the Applicant has always been known to go away and stop communicating with our daughter, to stop making payment of school fees and/or payment of maintenance for our daughter whenever I refuse his sexual advances.

“That at a time when we were in Atlanta for the summer holiday in 2017, the Applicant kicked me and our daughter out of his house where we were staying for vacation even though he knew we had nowhere else to go. I ended up squatting with a friend till I was able to get another accommodation for me and our daughter to complete our vacation.

“That further to the above the Applicant stopped all forms of communication with his daughter and only resumed same after six months period of my entreating him to speak with our daughter,” she submitted.

The Respondent avowed that contrary to paragraph 6 of the Applicant’s affidavit, “I have been the one paying the rent of the house where I live with our daughter.”

“That we had reached an agreement to contribute equally to the rent of the house where I live with our daughter but when I ended our relationship, the Applicant refused to contribute his quota and insisted that he could only pay Five Million Naira (N5,000,000) annually as his contribution to accommodation for his daughter, knowing fully well that this amount cannot pay half the rent for our accommodation in the community where I live with our daughter.

“That further to the above at no time did the Applicant inform me that he purchased a property worth N200,000,000 for our daughter. That when via a letter by my solicitors dated 6th June 2023, I suggested that the Applicant may choose to purchase a house for our daughter in her name and set up a trust for her as a way to have a permanent resolution to her having suitable and safe accommodations, the Applicant via a letter of 14th September 2023, from his Counsel informed me that the Applicant will not buy any property for our daughter but will only contribute for the rent in the sum of N5,000,000 per annum.”

“That contrary to paragraph 39 of the affidavit in support of the Originating Motion, our daughter has been in my custody from birth till date and I have been taking care of her mental, social, moral, and financial needs even by contributing my financial commitment as agreed with the Applicant.”

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