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ICYMI: Davido sues Sophia Momodu for Imade’s custody

International award-winning singer, David Adeleke, popularly often called Davido, has dragged Sophia Momodu, the mom of his first baby, Imade, to court docket, looking for custody of the daughter.

In an originating movement filed by his legal professionals, Dr Olaniyi Arije, Okey Barrah and others, on the Lagos State High Court, dated April 17, 2024, Davido is praying the court docket for “an order granting joint custody of Miss Imade Adeleke to the applicant.”

In the choice, the singer prayed to the court docket for “an order granting to the applicant unfettered and unrestricted access to Miss Imade.”

The go well with, marked LD/1587PMC/2024, has as applicant Mr David Adedeji Adeleke, whereas Ms Sophia Momodu was listed as the only real respondent.

The originating movement was supported by a 44-paragraph affidavit deposed to by Davido himself.

He narrated that although he had a relationship with Momodu that led to the delivery of their baby on May 14, 2015, the connection had ended some years in the past “while we resolved to take care of our child as biological father and mother.”

Davido stated, “That it’s on document that I’ve been accountable for the cost of all the college charges of my daughter to supply her with one of the best schooling attainable and to fulfill all her academic wants with out a hitch.

“That I have also been providing money for the rent of the apartment where the respondent resides with our daughter.”

The singer stated that on account of the love he had for Imade, he bought and supplied the mom a N200m price condominium in a condominium gated neighborhood with a swimming pool and 24-hour energy and water provide at Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos. An supply he claimed was turned down.

He stated, “The respondent rejected the offer to stay and live at the above-described secured Oniru apartment, which had been purchased already, but demanded that I continue to pay N5,000,000 annually for a rented facility as my own contribution towards my daughter’s accommodation.”

Davido stated to make sure that the curiosity of Imade was well-catered for, “I bought a Range Rover Sport Utility Vehicle for the use of the child and the respondent to meet the transport needs, including transportation of the child to and from school, etc.”

He added that someday final yr, he acquired a name from her daughter’s faculty that Imade had been absent for 2 weeks, and upon his inquiry from Momodu, “She began to make excuses and complained that the Range Rover SUV was not in a good condition, however, she refused to inform me about that.”

He added, “That sequel to the information about the said condition of the vehicle, I provided another vehicle, Highlander SUV, and in addition, the sum of N5.8m as requested by her for the repair of the Range Rover SUV, making it two vehicles in the custody and use of the respondent and our daughter.”

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According to Davido, to additional be sure that the curiosity of their baby was adequately taken care of, “I also made commitments to pay for living expenses, the fees of the nanny to our child, provide medical and health care, insurance, periodic international travel expenses and tickets.”

“That notwithstanding my efforts in the overall interest of my daughter, the respondent has continued to make outlandish and Utopian demands to frustrate me,” the singer added.

Listing the opposite calls for allegedly made by Momodu, he stated, “The respondent, among others, is demanding that I should pay the nanny she hired the sum of $800 per month, and that the total sum of $19,600 per annum be paid as a lump sum.”

Davido claimed that regardless of his contribution in direction of making certain a greater life for his or her daughter, “the respondent has continued to show me unwarranted cruelty, inflicting so much pain on me.”

Davido and Sophia have typically been at loggerheads.

In 2021, Sophia revealed that she was pained when their daughter, Imade, took Davido’s final identify and never hers.

Momodu revealed this through her Instagram Story when she reacted to a put up about youngsters bearing their moms’ names.

According to her, she cried bitterly as a result of her daughter couldn’t bear her final identify ‘Momodu’.

She wrote, “I keep in mind my mother and aunties laughing at me after I was crying as a result of my daughter’s final identify wasn’t going to be Momodu.

“I was genuinely distraught. I was even arguing and everything, that they put her father’s full name and not a single letter from mine.”

She additional revealed that her mom made her perceive that Imade ought to bear her father’s identify in order that she may acquire from her father’s lineage and inheritance.

She added, “It made me shut up real quick, but I lowkey had so many questions.”

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