By Victor Ernest
A High Court in Lagos on Monday dismissed Taiwo Obasanjo’s suit seeking the postponement of the wedding of her son Olujonwo to Tope Adebutu.
Justice Lateefa Okunnu dismissed the suit on the grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear it because Olujonwo, 33, is an adult.
Incompetent to adjudicate
”The court, regrettably, lacks the competence to adjudicate this suit, the jurisdiction of the family court covers children under the age of 18 years.
”The proper order to give is one dismissing this suit in its entirety, I hereby dismiss this suit,” the judge ruled.
Father of the groom, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and the bride’s father, Sir Kessington Adebutu, promoter of Premier Lotto known as ”Baba Ijebu” are the respondents to the suit.
Taiwo was present in court while the former president and Adebutu were absent.
Obasanjo had in her suit filed on March 27 prayed that the wedding which is scheduled for May 11 be moved to any date after June 1 which is Olujonwo’s 34th birthday.
According to her, she had received various warnings and prophecies from men of God that her son should not be involved in any elaborate celebration before his birthday.
Earlier during proceedings, Bode Olanipekun, counsel to Obasanjo and Adebutu, had asked the court to dismiss the suit due to lack of jurisdiction, quoting section 261 of the Child’s Act.