A 14-year-old girl, Shukurat Adedeji, on Wednesday has revealed to a customary court in Ibadan to turn down her father’s request for her custody, saying she preferred to stay with her mother.
Shukurat told the court that: “My lord, I am not denying the fact that Adedeji is my father, but I don’t want to be in his custody because I will suffer.” She was testifying in a new case brought by her father, Isiaka Adedeji, seeking revision of an earlier order by the court which granted the mother the custody of Shukurat.
The court already dissolved the union between Adedeji and Fatimoh Adedeji in February 2016 and awarded custody of Shukurat to her mother. The court’s President, Chief Ademola Odunade, had ruled that he gave the order so that Shukurat might be given proper care. However, Adedeji, who could no longer bear the agony of not having his daughter under his roof, told the court to reverse its earlier decision. Fatimoh, Shukurat’s mother opposed Adedeji’s application. When asked who she would prefer to stay with, Shukurat said the court should allow her mother to continue to take care of her.