An Abuja Customary court has finally granted actress Tonto Dikeh full custody of her 3-year-old son, King Andre, and given her former husband, Mr Churchill conditional visitation rights.
Speaking to the actress’ legal rep, Barrister Ukechukwu C Uju-Azorji, he confirmed that An Abuja customary court gave actress Tonto full custody of her and Churchill’s son after being sued by her former husband and father of the said child.
The Barrister described the case as a very hectic and dramatic one.
He stated that there was a time Mr Churchill’s Attorney filled a N200k case against Tonto to foot the bill for Churchill’s transport to attend the court as they felt Tonto was using King Andre’s school runs as a tactic to drag the case thereby making Mr Churchill spend so much money to travel to and from Ghana to attend to court.
But Tonto Dikeh won that case and she was not made to pay.
Asked whether he is aware that there is speculation that Tonto has denied Churchill the visitation rights which he was legal awarded.
He stated that the visitation rights were based on some conditions which Mr Churchill has failed to meet.
He stated that Mr Churchill failed to pay for child support and some part of King’s expenses. He also stated that Mr Churchill was instructed by the court to pay for a confidant who will supervise the visits after Tonto evidently proved to the court that she cannot trust Churchill around King alone at his young age.
Asked what evidence really did Tonto prove? Mr Azorji stated;
“We gave the court physical evidence that the man can be very diabolical and he doesn’t have the child’s interest at heart. Even in court, one of the judges said it seems the man is more interested in getting back at Tonto and not necessarily his interest for the child”.
He said Churchill was told to pay N200K monthly for Andre’s upkeep which he hasn’t. He also said Churchill agreed to pay Andre’s school fees directly to the school but he stopped after paying once and they have emails from the school to back their claim.
Asked if he doesn’t feel Tonto is breaching court rules by not allowing Churchill visit King Andre as ruled by the court.
Barrister Azorji answered that Churchill can go back to the court if he feels he has met all the conditions and he is still been denied.
Asked if he is aware that Tonto had supposedly named King Andre Dikeh instead of Churchill, he said he has no legal documents available to him to prove that.
Asked if he doesn’t think Churchill can sue his client Tonto Dikeh for allegedly changing King Andre’s surname, he said;
“legally, the man is not fulfilling his legal parental duties as instructed by the court. So in Yoruba traditions, they can say Tonto is wrong if it’s true but legally, she is the only one being responsible for the child as a parent so she is not wrong.”