Fani-Kayode absolves Senator Grace Bent of involvement in custody battle

Femi Fani-Kayode

Former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode says ex-Senator Grace Bent is not involved in the ongoing custody battle between him and his estranged wife Precious Chikwendu.

Ms Chikwendu and Mr Fani-Kayode have been locked in a fight for the custody of their four boys since their relationship collapsed last year.

Chikwendu, a former beauty queen, also alleged she was being victimised by Bent and Fani-Kayode. She claimed they filed criminal charges against her and her sister.

However, Fani-Kayode’s lead counsel Ibikunle Ayodeji denied the allegations levelled against Bent in a statement on Sunday.

Mr Ayodeji stated that regardless of political connections, the ex-senator does not meddle in his client’s private affairs nor does she volunteer any advice on how he should run his family business.

He also insisted that no one can dictate or manipulate Fani-Kayode and also condemned what he described as a “vicious and libellous slander and falsehood levelled against Ms Bent’s daughter, Jackie B. The latter was one of the 2021 BBNaija housemates.”

His statement partly read: “It is unfortunate that the Bent family is being attacked by persons with unknown pedigrees and a disillusioned mindset.

“In the light of the above it is important that our client should clear the air on the savage posts, which are not only distracting, but also intended to muddle the waters. The Bents are decent, loving, honorable and law-abiding people who should not be subjected to the kind of wickedness that we are witnessing.”

Ayodeji added that contrary to Chikwendu’s claim, no court has granted visitation rights to her. He said she has refused to visit the children at Fani-Kayode’s Abuja residence.