Sophia takes on Davido in a custody battle over their daughter, listing six reasons why the artist shouldn’t be given custody of their child.

Davido Custody Battle
Davido Custody Battle

Davido Custody Battle: Momodu Lists Six (6) Reasons

On Friday, July 5, 2024, the estranged lovers appeared before Justice Bashua’s family court in Yaba, Lagos State. This appearance was for the custody hearing initiated by the Afrobeats artist.

The singer’s lawyers, Dr. Olaniyi Arije, Okey Barrah, and others, filed the motion at the Lagos State High Court on April 17, 2024.

The award-winning artist accused the mother of his first child of demanding to frustrate his efforts to see Imade.

Davido added that he has fulfilled his paternal responsibilities to Imade over the years. This includes paying her school fees and providing transportation and accommodation.

Davido Custody Battle; Momodu Says Davido Unfit to Take Care of Their Child

However, Momodu claimed that Davido had abandoned their child for the past two years.

She also alleged that the singer has refrained from fulfilling his financial obligations to their daughter. He left her to shoulder expenses including rent, living and travel costs, healthcare, and other related expenses alone.

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On Friday, Anthony SAN argued in court that the artist is unfit to be granted custody of Imade.

  • The applicant cannot properly care for our daughter because he lives a controversial lifestyle (negative media attention) that will expose her to more negative trauma at a tender age.
  • The applicant, in his role as an artist, always travels and allows many unsavory male adults around him and his house, who will not be a good influence on an impressionable young female child like our daughter.
  • He disagreed with child therapy because he has been estranged from our daughter for a while, and safely and sustainably establishing a meaningful presence in her life is paramount.
  • The applicant is an artist who always travels around the world because of his career and cannot possibly be with our daughter at crucial times.
  • He is married to another woman, and they live together. The proper upbringing of our daughter by another person cannot be guaranteed.
  • The fact that the applicant lost his son in his house under rather unfortunate and questionable circumstances shows that our daughter cannot be placed in his custody.

Davido Custody Battle; Mild Drama at the Court

Meanwhile, a mild drama had earlier ensued in court as Momodu’s counsel objected to how his client was served.

The legal team claimed that the service was conducted via newspaper publication. This publication contains the name of a minor, which violates Sections 143, 144, and 145 of the Lagos State Child Rights Law of 2015.

The SAN highlighted the negative impact of this action on the child, including exposure to harmful substances and mental distress.

However, the trial judge expressed belief that the service was done via WhatsApp. Subsequently, the judge ordered the media, other litigants, and their lawyers to vacate the courtroom.

He later unilaterally decided to refer the case to the Lagos Settlement Week for resolution.

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