The custody between Globacom boss, Mike Adenuga’s son, Eniola and his former lover, Damilola Ogun, has taken a different twist as the judge has been accused of bias. In a petition to the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke, a non-governmental organisation, Legal Defence and Assistance Project, who accused Justice Oyekan Abdullahi of the Lagos State High Court of bias, alleged that on August 6, 2018, a magistrate, T.A. Elias, of the Magistrate’s Court of Lagos State, delivered a judgement giving custody of Athena, the daughter of the two estranged lovers, to Damilola.
While it was learnt that no appeal was filed by the applicant challenging the judgement of the magistrate’s court, however the legal officer of LEDAP, Adaeze Nkonkelonye, in the petition said Abdullahi granted an order in which she relied on a “fraudulent agreement” signed and presented by only the applicant’s counsel which gave custody to the applicant (Eniola) despite the existing judgement. She claimed that it was discovered that there was no court proceeding on the date, alleging that the court order was made in the absence of both counsel and parties during a court vacation.
“Despite the pending applications, Justice Oyekan Abdullahi made an order on April 3, 2019, for the search and rescue of Miss Athena Adenuga, depriving our client the benefit of the pending judgement of the magistrate’s court. We further filed an appeal against the said order. However, the court has ignored the said appeal and pending applications and further ordered the illegal arrest and detention of our client,” the petition added.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the case was being handled by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department. He confirmed Damilola’s arrest. “I am aware that there was a court order to arrest the person (Damilola). When a court asks that a person be arrested and the police carry out the order, it is no longer a police matter. It is the court that keeps the person until the matter is determined,” he said.