The Upper Area Court, Kubwa, Abuja has ordered the immediate arrest of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, son of Nigeria’s former Vice-President, for disobeying an October 27, 2020 judgment directing him to hand over his three sons to their mother, Maryam Sherif, for custody.
Sherif had commenced the children-custody suit after the divorce between her and her former husband, Abubakar, who bears the same first name and surname with his father, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.
The judge, Bashir Danmaisule, had delivered judgment in favour of Sherif on October 27, 2020.
But her lawyer, Nasir Saidu, returned to the court complaining that Abubakar had failed to comply with the judgment.
Saidu had urged the court to issue a judgment-debtor summons for the defendant to appear in court to explain why he did not obey the court’s order and why he should not be jailed for disobeying the court judgment.
Both Abubakar and his lawyer, Abdullahi Hassan, were absent in court today, November 19, although the court bailiff said the defendant was served with the summons through the Nigeria Customs Service, where he works, on November 3, 2020.