An Idi-Ogungun Customary Court in Agodi, Ibadan, yesterday, ordered a DNA test to be conducted to determine the biological father of a three-year-old boy. The President of the court, Chief Mukaila Balogun, gave the order when the mother of the child, Monsurat Adeleke, and her estranged lover, Bayo Ogunsola, could not convince the court on the boy’s paternity.
Balogun directed that the two parties share the cost of the DNA test and return to the court on March 27 with the result. The mother of the child had disagreed with her erstwhile lover over who the real father of the child was. Monsurat had on February 14 approached the court, seeking an order to restrain Bayo from parading himself as the biological father of her son, saying she was six months pregnant for her husband before she met him in a hotel. She said the respondent cast a spell on her, which made her leave her matrimonial home to live with him.
She claimed she was under the spell for three years, adding that it was during that time that she gave birth to the boy, adding that she left for her matrimonial home recently when the spell was broken. Bayo, in his defence, insisted that the complainant conceived and gave birth to the child in his house. He said he met Monsurat in a hotel owned by his brother and they both lived together after she ceased going to the hotel with other men. He insisted that Monsurat conceived and gave birth to the boy while they were living together until she recently packed out of his house and returned to her former husband.