Wedding: Obasanjo, Adebutu, Martins families hail court verdict
The families of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Kessington Adebutu and Chief Kenny Martins have hailed the recent court decision over their son, Olujonwo and daughter, Tope’s proposed wedding.
In a press statement issued yesterday on behalf of the families by Princelyn Oduenyi, which was made available to The Guardian, the families said they have been vindicated by the judgment.
The statement read: “With the recent decision of an Ikeja High Court (Family Division) presided over by Justice Lateefa Okunnu, dismissing the suit filed by Mrs Taiwo Obasanjo seeking the postponement of the wedding between her son Olujonwo and his fiancée, Tope Adebutu fixed for May 11 and 13 2017 to a later date, I have been mandated as the spokesperson of the families to issue this press statement assuring the general public, well-wishers, invited guests and the church in particular that the wedding is still going to hold on the fixed dates.
“The Honourable Court further set aside the letter sent by the applicant’s lawyer to the Methodist Church Tinubu, Lagos seeking to restrain the church from conducting the marriage as having been written in contempt of court.
The Honourable Justice went further to state unequivocally that:“On March 27, I ordered counsel to direct me on whether the family Court can hear in case where the child is an adult. Counsel has addressed me and I have read the process before me”.
“The court regrettably lacks the competence to adjudicate this suit, the jurisdiction of the family court covers children under 18years.“The respondent’s son is 33years old; this negates the ability of this Court to entertain this suit.”
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