A resident of Idi-Ose Area, Ilorin, Kwara State, Saadu Aliu, on Monday told an Ilorin Area Court that he saw his son, Aminu, playing football after his former wife had told him that the boy was dead.
Aliu told the President of the court, Mr. Yusuf Abdulkareem, that now that Aminu was still alive, the court should prevail on his ex-wife, Afusat Ibrahim, to let him have custody of his five-year-old son.
“Afusat told me and my relatives that Aminu was dead, but to my surprise, I saw my child playing football with his colleagues,” the 55-year-old man said.
Aliu, who is the plaintiff, said after their marriage had collapsed in 2010, his ex-wife took Aminu with her and later told him that the boy was dead.
He said he was startled some months ago when he went to where his ex-wife now lives and saw Aminu playing football with his colleagues.
He stated that initially he could not believe his eyes until people in the neighbourhood confirmed to him that Aminu was not dead.
Aliu further told the court that apart from Aminu, their marriage produced two other children, Ibrahim (10), and Alimatu, 7, who were under his custody.
However, his ex-wife denied telling him that their son was dead. She alleged that the plaintiff also denied her access to Ibrahim and Alimatu.
“I never told him his child was dead. His conscience is disturbing him and he has no fear of God in him,” she said.
Abdulkareem adjourned the case until September 17.
He ordered Aliu to produce two witnesses at the next adjourned date, adding that his ex-wife, Afusat, should also produce Aminu before the court at adjourned date.