Dele Momodu breaks silence on Davido, Sophia custody battle, reveals court position

Dele Momodu breaks silence on Davido, Sophia custody battle, reveals court position

Weighing on the matter in a lengthy post shared on X on
Saturday, Momodu, uncle to Sophia, said “to the best of my knowledge”, the
joint custody of Imade was not an issue between the former lovers.


The 64-year-old businessman said the main issues were
financial support, including school fees, accommodation, and a nanny’s salary.


The motivational speaker added that he believed the lack of
communication between Davido and Sophia had led to their custody battle.



Read the full post below:


Last night, I received a distressing message from Mr David
Adeleke (aka Davido). He was obviously devastated by the counter-affidavit
submitted in court, earlier in the day, in response to his affidavit seeking a
joint custody of his daughter with my niece Sophia Momodu.


I had seen David’s affidavit about two weeks ago and I was
very surprised as David and I had spoken on a video call days earlier, with him
and Pastor Tobi Adegboyega, and he never told me he had any custody issues
with  my niece. So you can imagine my
confusion to find out via social media and subsequently confirmed by my niece that
he had filed an action in court seeking joint custody of their daughter.


During the referenced video call, we were all very excited
about his forthcoming wedding ceremony, an event our family congratulated him
about. Prior to this, David had told me he eventually spoke to their daughter,
after a long lull of about two years.



He was very happy and excited. So I thought everything was
settled and he and Sophia would now have the opportunity of taking maximum care
of their daughter. I had offered special thanks to David’s Dad, Dr Adedeji
Adeleke, for his kindness and support for our daughter during the period of
David’s absence.


I had also taken Sophia and their daughter to my very dear
friend, Governor Ademola Adeleke, seeking his intervention. To the best of my
knowledge, there was never a problem of joint custody.


The issues were: non-payment of school fees for several
sessions; non-payment of accommodation and salaries of a nanny. There was no
car dedicated to David’s daughter. And so on. Mercifully, I mentioned all to Dr
Adedeji Adeleke and he responded positively, like a true grandfather.


On the issue of non-payment of school fees, David’s Dad
cleared everything and also set up payments of future bills. He gave his grand
daughter a car to take her to school. The remaining issue was on accommodation.

David’s Dad verbally offered, in his discussions with me,
one of their family apartments in Oniru Estate, Victoria Island, however, maybe
due to miscommunication, David’s lawyers had communicated otherwise. After
Sophia clarified from me, she politely declined the offer, and her reason was
tenable in my view, because, since she’s not married to David, she can’t be
comfortable living in a place swarming with David’s family members.


She and her daughter had been living in Ikoyi before David
and Sophia started their latest quarrels. Sophia’s request was that David
should pay half of the accommodation while she would pay the other half. David
said he could only contribute N5million annually.


My opinion is that the absence of camaraderie between David
and Sophia has caused this debacle. I have cautioned repeatedly that their
daughter must not be allowed to suffer or be treated like a second class child.
David’s global status makes this imperative.

Sophia earlier alleged that Davido once connived with his sisters
to kidnap Imade.


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