Princewill Njoku, a banker in Lagos state, has accused Chief Godwin Osochukwu, his 69-year-old father-in-law, of abducting his son, Kayomikun.
PunchNG reports that 39-year-old Princewill also claimed that Osochukwu renamed the child.
But Osochukwu denied kidnapping the child, saying Princewill did not marry his daughter who is the mother of the child, according to the traditional rites in Igboland.
He also said he changed the name from Kayomikun because the two families had no ancestral link to Yoruba.
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Princewill, who is from Nwangele local government area of Imo state, told PunchNG that he lawfully married his late wife, Favour Njoku.
“I met my wife Favour, sometime in June 2014 and by May 31, 2015, we had our traditional marriage in her father’s compound in Umuokwara Umucheke Okwe in the Onuimo council area.
“I went to the village with my people and performed all the traditional rites to marry my wife in the presence of her people.
“On September 2, 2015, my wife was admitted to a maternal and child centre at FESTAC Town for bed rest. But when we got there, she was diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia and we were advised by a doctor that she would have to deliver through a caesarean section that night.
“The pregnancy was only seven months old then. I called her father and he spoke with the doctor and gave the go ahead with the operation. I also called my wife’s elder brothers to notify them.”
After signing the document for the CS to be done, he said his wife gave birth to a baby boy, who was named Kayomikun, Chimdinso, Destiny, Sunday, Patrick, Njoku. But the wife died the following day.
Autopsy reports showed that she died from the medical problem earlier diagnosed by the hospital.
Princewill said he left the baby in the care of the maternal grandmother.
He said, on December 27, 2015, when he went to pick the child for a thanksgiving service at his church, his father-in-law refused to release the child.
“On December 30, my father in-law and some other relatives pushed my sister, Charity Njoku, out of their house and took away my son from my sister staying with my mother-in-law,” he added.
Sochukwu was said to have reported the case against Princewill at the Agboju Police Station, Lagos state, alleging that he never married his late daughter.
Princewill was subsequently arrested and arraigned in an Apapa Magistrate’s Court.
Denying abducting the child, Osochukwu said:
“He has not married my daughter. In Igboland, if you don’t marry someone completely when he is alive, you will complete it when the person dies. So, he should do the right thing.
“He has not paid the dowry or completed the traditional marriage. We are both from Imo State, but he has refused to allow elders to mediate.
“He is saying I kidnapped the child. How? The law must take its course traditionally. The police have told him there is nothing like kidnapping in this case. This is a child that was brought out from my daughter’s womb and the child was born at seven months. He has been in my care ever since and we have been giving him all kinds of medcation to ensure that he survives.”
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