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Davido Child Abduction Scandal: What Really Happened – Dele Momodu

By Dele Momodu

In September 2015, I got a call from Dr Adedeji Adeleke, a long time family friend, telling me his son had fathered a baby girl with my cousin, Sophia Momodu. I rejoiced with him as any reasonable soul would do. He apologised that he had not called all along because he wasn’t sure if Sophie’s baby was going to turn out a fake one like that of two others who had turned up at his doorstep. But mercifully, according to Dr Adeleke, Sophie’s baby passed the DNA Test by over 98 percent and he was elated. I congratulated him again as a proud grandfather. He said he would like to meet me with Sophie since Sophie’s dad, Uncle Jibola Momodu, passed on years ago and Sophie mentioned me as her cousin.

I had known about Sophie’s baby through her first cousin Ruth Abraham and had called to congratulate her. I was happy when she sent me pictures of the baby and other romantic pictures with David Adeleke, aka Davido.

But I never contacted David’s dad deliberately so as not to create the impression of begging for marriage. Where we come from, it is the man who approaches the lady’s family to plead to be allowed to marry into the family.

Prior to this phone call from Dr Adeleke, Sophie had narrated to me how on the 11th July, 2015, she was tricked to Davido’s sister, Coco Adeleke’s house with her baby, Imade Aurora Adeleke. After getting to the house on Baderinwa Alabi Street, Lekki Phase I, Lagos, her baby was forcefully taken from her and she was thrown out of the premises with the threat that she would be decisively dealt with if she ever bothered to return there. There were armed policemen in the premises and to avoid what could have been a messy encounter, instinct prevailed on her to make her leave her breast suckling baby behind, with so much pain in her heart.

By daybreak on the next day, Sophie was again at Coco Adeleke’s house to take her baby, but she was prevented by armed policemen from gaining access into the house. She was again threatened and warned never to return for the child.

Despite the pain and trauma my cousin was made to undergo, I restrained myself from getting directly involved in the matter and appealed to her to stay calm and take it easy with the Adelekes.

But after the phone call from Dr Adeleke, precisely on September 10, 2015, I picked up Sophie and her mum and drove to Dr Adeleke’s home in Lekki, Lagos. All through this time, I had waited patiently to meet Dr Adeleke with questions probing for answers.

Dr Adeleke invited two of his close friends to the meeting namely His Majesty OBA ADEDOKUN ABOLARIN and Mr Wale Adeeyo. We went into lengthy discussions. His daughter Coco had brought in the little baby and both attended the meeting.

Dr Adeleke explained why it took some time to call me and I said I understood.

Dr Adeleke said the baby was discovered to have traces of marijuana in her during medical test and said he believed Sophie and David were smokers and he needed to protect the child from two irresponsible parents, as he described them. He told the gathering that the baby would be under temporary custody and observation. He directed that Sophie would come to his house every Sunday to see her baby. Our family agreed. He promised to pay Sophie a monthly upkeep. We thanked him for his kindness. He promised to buy her a car. We were grateful for his generosity. We had dinner with him and left. David was not present.

Sophie said she got the monthly upkeep but never got the car and that she prefers to have her baby back and the Adelekes can keep their money.

I called Dr Adeleke and he said I should allay her fears. I pleaded again for patience. I was shocked when Sophie called me desperately and said her daughter was being taken to Dubai by Coco. I immediately called Coco and she said she was taking the baby for intensive medicals and I wondered how she would pass through the airport without the consent of Sophie but she actually did and even sent me pictures from Dubai. I played it cool and encouraged Sophie to calm down.

Sophie became withdrawn and extremely saddened. The situation went from bad to worse. She and David became aggressive enemies. At a point, David sent messages to Sophie and using the ‘f’ word against me. His father was shocked and called him to apologise which he did and I accepted and even told him how much I love him.

The worst came when my wife came from London and went with Sophie to check on the baby at Coco’s house and they were literally walked out and told they were not welcome in her house. My wife called and I called Dr Adeleke who said they should go to his house and wait for him.

Their meeting did not go well because my wife asked when the baby would be returned to her mum and Dr Adeleke went into the same old story of marijuana abuse and Sophie said she was ready for a test which Dr Adeleke wasn’t interested in. Dr Adeleke explained why the car had not been bought and my wife told him the baby was the issue and not the car. Dr Adeleke didn’t like the sound of this but it was reaching a point that some truth needed to be told that a baby cannot be bought with money.

I flew to Nigeria on December 28, 2015 after Sophie told me the Adelekes were travelling to Dubai with her baby without her consent again. As soon as I landed I called Uncle Wale Adeeyo, a close confidant of Dr Adeleke and expressed our displeasure at the way Sophie was being treated and he promised to speak to Dr Adeleke. When he came back to me he didn’t sound too positive. We spoke several times and nothing tangible came out of his supposed intervention.

I called Oba Dokun Abolarin but he was busy at a wedding in Ibadan. I then called Uncle Wale again and told him Sophie has plans to stop the trip on the knowledge that David has collected an American passport for the baby and the rumour that the baby was being abducted to America. I pleaded that we should avoid a confrontation.

I headed to the airport to alert the authorities including Immigration and Emirates. As predicted, the Adelekes arrived the airport with the baby where Immigration had laid in wait for them. Coco came forward and was asked who the mother of the baby was and she claimed ownership and her passport and that of the baby were taken away by Immigration. Her dad was alerted and he came to the office of the Comptroller with others to try and rescue the passports but the Immigration stood their grounds. I saw him making frantic calls but he gave up after the flight departed. He repeated the same boast that no one could ever take the baby from him and I told him to stop talking like God.

No one likes a fight but we have been treated shabbily and had to stop the charade. We could not be intimidated and everyone at the airport expressed shock and horror at such a brazen attempt to export a human being only seven months old without the mother. We thanked the officers who rescued us from a powerful family. We are always for peace, justice and equity. No one threatened the Adelekes with any expose unless they were using reverse psychology. Personally, I’m not a junk writer and would never descend so low to abuse those permanently connected to us through an innocent baby. We love the baby like they do and such an innocent child deserves to be protected by both families.


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  1. Jacob Olufemi-Edmund

    December 31, 2015 at 7:22 am

    If all that Dele Momodu has said represents the truth, I share his views and I agree with him totally on the steps he has taken. Dr. Adeleke was just been funny when he said there was trace of marijuana in the baby’s system. Dele’s wife took the right step when she opted for a test. I thought that is what Dele Momodu ought to have done in the first instance instead of accepting Dr. Adeleke’s story & offers hook, line & sinker. Anyway, thank God that the move was frustrated at the airport. The woman who posed as the mother of the child should be put in the dock. There are enough laws to try her. Dr. Adeleke’s practice warrant (if a medical doctor) should be withdrawn if found culpable after going through trial by the M&DCN. Enough of this culture of impunity in Nigeria. We must live like human beings and not some wild animals in an untamed jungle somewhere in the ageless past.

  2. Lola

    December 31, 2015 at 9:37 am

    That’s wickedness. How will they feel if someone treats their daughter that way. The Adeleke ‘s played god in the young mothers life but God disgraced them by having the final say. Well done uncle for standing by ur niece all along am sure her departed father will be pleased with u where he is.

  3. nnenna john

    December 31, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for sharing your side of the story. I wish Sophie and her daughter an awesome future. I am not surprised there is no mention of penalty for the man in all this. The woman always gets it worse in Nigeria. Luckily she has you. I hope the Law can continue to step up for other women in similar situations.

    Thanks again.

  4. Emma

    December 31, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    This Adeleke’s Are Faulty on this

  5. femi okunade

    December 31, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    The adelekes need to have fear of God,deres somtin call law of karma in d race of life,thanks u uncle dele.

  6. Kayode

    December 31, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    If for whatever reasons The Adeleke”s are trying to use power and wealth to export a baby to the US without the mother consent, then they should be charged for child trafficking. Dr Adeleke fear God. Ile aiye labowo. With this attitude I can’t doubt it if he cannot bury someone alive because he’s rich. Even if the mother is mad, the laws of our land provides for who will take custody of the baby talkless of when the mother is not insane

  7. Precious

    December 31, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Thanks. Uncle God will continue to bless and protect u and ur family for standing by ur nice in time of her need.

  8. Safee

    December 31, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    This is what happens when you decide to be a baby mama instead of a wife. If she had been careful in dealing with a child like Davido who was 21 at the time and not getting pregnant for him, the innocent baby girl won’t be going through this battle. If also she works or something, she wouldn’t be needing the Adeleke’s to buy her a car or rent her an apartment., FYI she is 28; She would have been able to take care of Imade even without the input of the dad. So whatever she is going through right now was brought upon by herself.
    Good luck to them.

  9. Pastor Akinsunlola

    December 31, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    This is CHILD TRAFFICKING and appriopriate US department had been adequately informed. The Adeleke’s need to fear God and act responsibly


    December 31, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Bob Dee, that proves the english saying that blood is thicker than water,Dr Adeleke supposes to know that mother and child are not suppose to be separated. Fair enough,Sophie has no father but she has a biological blood that will not cheat nor allowed to be cheated. Dr Adeleke treats Sophie as your daughter and the way you want daughter to be treated. Not because of today but future. Bob Dee welldone, no more child trafficking. chikena

  11. Abayomi Ogunba

    January 1, 2016 at 2:23 am

    I’m glad that it took the intervention of Mrs Momodu ( dele’ wife ) to rectify the error and collusion of Dele Momodu in d illegal separation of mother and child . Only the state can intervene and deny Sophie Momodu the right to look after her child due to drug or other irresponsible maternal deficiencies , not some rich grandfather .

  12. Kayode

    January 1, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Bob Dew I know you to always stand for truth even if Sophie is not your blood , anyway let us leave the powerful to continue dancing naked in the market place. My brother God bless you and your entire family.

  13. Kayode

    January 1, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Bob Dee I know you to always stand for truth even if Sophie is not your blood , anyway let us leave the powerful to continue dancing naked in the market place. My brother God bless you and your entire family.

  14. Tajudeen Atitebi

    January 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Mr Dele Momodu, thanks for this story. It is incredible as it is interesting, but such things have been happening in Nigeria and “powerful” people have been getting away with them.

    But CHANGE has come with President Buhari and we must all join in this crusade. I commend Mr Momdu for his audacity. But for his courage and position in the society, this story would not have been heard.

    The powerful in the society, who think they can do anything and get away with it, must now have a rethink. CHANGE has come.

  15. Armani

    January 1, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    This show of shame by Davido’s father is senseless and unexpected of a man at his level. Also I hope your daughters have realized their father don’t own Nigeria.
    The best you could have done was put the child and her mother under supervision in one of your houses pending the time the baby is weaned not trying to smuggle a child out due to your overbloated ego.

  16. yomi

    January 2, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Lord have mercy. Wonders of this world for a toddler to test positive to drugs in the blood? Drug abuse par excellence. The families should jaw jaw rather than war war as it is a shameful thing considering the repute of both families coming from the same state in Nigeria.

  17. Bukky sobowale

    January 2, 2016 at 10:32 am

    If this is the true story, then the Adeleke’s should be condemned for their ungodly action. This is how the so call powerfull abuse innocents in African where there is no justice.
    Can you imagine how they will have gone through if Sophie does not have someone like Dele in the family. God please continue to fight for the poor and innocent.

  18. mimi

    January 5, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    None of this back and forth is in this child’s interest and Dele Momodu should know that long after he and other interveners finish raising dust and gone on with their lives, only the parents will remain to work together to raise this child. Frankly, this acrimony and scandalizing one another n the mass media should never have happened and should stop at once!

    If they continue like this, the relationship between mother and father could get so damaged that they wont be able to jointly parent the child. Can they all sheathe their swords now and work out an arrangement in the best interests of the child? Thats what I expect Mr. Momodu to encourage….not engage in mudslinging battles in mass media with a boy who he could be father to. He should stop jeopardizing that baby’s interests.

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