January 7, 2016
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other related matters on Wednesday quizzed embattled artiste, David Adeleke, aka Davido, over the allegation of child abduction levelled against him by his erstwhile lover, Sophia Momodu.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Davido was at the office of the agency on Oba Aladejobi Street, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, to state his own side of the story.
This is just as 27-year-old Sophia wrote the Clina-Lancet Laboratories, demanding the original copy of the result purportedly issued by them, indicating she tested positive for cannabis.
Our correspondent had reported that Sophia had petitioned NAPTIP alleging that Davido had abducted her daughter, Imade.
She further said the artiste was planning to take Imade to the United States of America without her consent, urging the agency to act fast.
The Adeleke family had been intercepted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on December 29, 2015, where immigration officers seized the baby’s passport, and prevented them from travelling out of the country.
Davido had denied the allegation of abduction, saying he was only taking the seven-month-old to the American Hospital, Dubai, for treatment after she was infected with cannabis which she reportedly sucked from her mother’s breast.
He later released a test result purportedly issued by a Lagos clinic indicating that Sophia was infected with cannabis.
NAPTIP summoned Davido over the incident and he reported to the office on Wednesday.
Davido’s manager, Kamal Ajiboye, while confirming the development, said his boss was at the NAPTIP’s office to state his side of the story.
He said, “They just asked him to state his side of the story. I know he was there today to sign his statement through his lawyer. I cannot say to what extent the matter is going or if it is going to court.”
The Zonal Coordinator, NAPTIP, Lagos State, Mr. Joseph Famakin, who refused to be specific on Davido’s visit, said all the parties involved in the case had honoured the agency’s invitation.
He said, “All the parties were invited and they have been honouring our invitations. We are investigating the case.”
Meanwhile, Sophia has written the management of Clina-Lancet Laboratories, demanding the original copy of the result showing she tested positive for cannabis.
The letter, written by her lawyer, Gbolaga Ajayi, of S. O. Ajayi & Co, and dated January 5, said Sophia saw the result for the first time on the Internet.
It read in part, “Our client gained knowledge of this pathology report that your company issued concerning her for the first time on the social media on Sunday, January 3, 2016. We have our client’s instruction to request you to promptly furnish her with the original copy of the pathology report, as the said report was never given to her.
“In view of the sensitive issues that have emanated from the said report, which are still trending on social and print media, we have our client’s instruction that you should also provide a detailed report on the process/procedure that your company adopted in carrying out the medical check on our client, which yielded the report that was issued about our client by your company.”
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