THE intervention of the National Agency for the Prohibition in Trafficking of Persons (NATIP) to remedy the protracted child custody war involving popular musician, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido and the niece of popular publisher, Dele Momodu, Sophia, continued on Wednesday.
However, the publisher of Ovation, Chief Momodu and his niece, Sophia, were not at the meeting organised by the agency in Ikeja, Lagos.
The musician, who was reportedly ill and hospitalised, arrived the Ikeja, Lagos State office at 11.07 a.m.
It was gathered also that the reason for the closed door session was to consider the statement of Chief Momodu concerning the alleged child trafficking and illegal custody of Sophia’s baby, Imade, filed against the Adelekes.
Dele Momodu and Dr Deji Adeleke, Davido’s father, were at the NAPTIP office on Monday, only for Dr Adeleke to storm out of the meeting 30 minutes after it commenced.
Meanwhile, Chief Momodu has responded to the pathology report released by Davido on social media, indicating traces of cannabis in the breast milk of his niece, Sophia.
Momodu, in a statement refutting Sophia’s Igbo smoking lifestyle, called the Adelekes to order.
“The newspapers were awash this morning and the social media has been on fire since yesterday.
“My cousin, Sophia Momodu, was comprehensively scandalised. Even a laboratory result alleging she’s a cannabis smoker was splashed everywhere. She was said to have infected her own baby with cannabis.
“The vicious authors expected some gullible people to believe them. Nothing could have been cruellest. Our initial reaction was to maintain the ceasefire, but this latest attack against a defenceless lady who merely asked that she be allowed to enjoy the fruit of motherhood was the limit of recklessness and rascality.
“All sensible human beings should abhor and condemn this unwarranted fabrication of endless lies just to justify the act of forcefully detaching a baby from her biological mother. Check this picture well. That’s baby Imade with her aunt, Ashley Adeleke, who took her to Dubai a few months ago against her mother’s consent. The world has been told that the baby was so sick that she needed urgent medical attention in Dubai.
“Imade’s mother was deprived of attending personally to her own baby. Now wait for this; just imagine you’re the hapless mum of Imade; instead of receiving regular medical briefs from Ashley the Good Samaritan, you receive pictures of your own baby swimming with Ashley Coco inside the heavenly pool of Atlantis, The Palm Dubai, one of the most luxurious resorts in the world while anxiety is killing you back home.
“Baby Imade has been forcefully separated from her mum since July 11, 2015, when she was barely two months old. We’ve pleaded for months with the Adelekes to return the baby to her real mum. Sophie was allowed to visit her daughter once a week every Sunday inside Dr Adeleke’s guest quarters. We did not fight. We did not engage in social media wars. They said our family was too poor and beneath their status. We did not mind.
“They said Sophie was a gold-digger, we did not respond. We only kicked when Baby Imade was to be taken out again without the mum’s necessary consent. No one asked them to take Sophie along. We only tried to stop the impunity and dehumanisation of a poor mother. We acted within the ambit of the law,” he said.
Sophie Momodu also condemned the hospital result claiming her breast milk contains elements of cannabis which is afflicting her suckling child, Imade.
In a letter signed by her lawyers, S. O Ajayi and Gbolahan Ajayi, dated January 5, 2016, she demanded the clinic, located in Victoria Island, Lagos, to produce details of the medical checks that linked her breast with cannabis.
She also asked for the original copy of the said pathology report alongside the produces/processes of analysis.
Sophia, in her defence, debunked the claim of smoking.
Using her Twitter handle, she said the medical report was a desperate means to take Imade away from her.
“I don’t smoke, I have never smoked weed, let alone smoke while breastfeeding.
“Cannabis was never found, it was a concocted lie just to steal away my baby,” she wrote.
She explained that she had been invited to a meeting where the cannabis claim was made.