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Fani-Kayode and wife Precious

Fani-Kayode separates from wife, sues blogger N2bn in damages

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has separated from his wife, Precious Chikwendu, with whom he had four sons.

Fani-Kayode and Chikwendu, who is a former beauty queen, became an item around 2015. They welcomed a son together in 2016. In 2018, they also welcomed a set of triplet boys.

Femi Fani-Kayode, with his estranged wife, Precious Chikwendu and their sons

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Femi Fani-Kayode has also written a pre-litigation letter to popular blogger, Stella Dimokorkus, demanding N2bn from her as damages for a report he termed libelous.

In a report she published online, the blogger had attributed the separation of the former minister and his wife to domestic violence. Dimokorkus also alleged that the triplet sons may not have been fathered by Fani-Kayode as they were conceived through IVF and Chikwendu had demanded a DNA test.

Stella Dimokorkus, blogger facing libel charges from Femi Fani-Kayode
Stella Dimokorkus

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N2bn as compensation for libel

In a letter signed by his lawyer, Mr. Adeola Adedipe, dated September 16, 2020, Fani-Kayode described the report as preposterous.

The letter titled, ‘Defamation of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode- Re: Femi Fani-Kayode and Precious Chikwendu Part Ways Over Alleged Domestic Violence’, stated that the allegations were spurious and maliciously engineered.

The former minister said he was disturbed about the manner in which the report was written which insults the sensibilities of unsuspecting readers. He denied allegations that he retrieved the car he bought for his estranged wife and had left her penniless.

Fani-Kayode also added that it was saddening that his innocent little children could be dragged into such a report, subjecting them to ridicule.

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The letter further read, “Our client is aggrieved and has instructed us to draw your attention to these libelous breaches of his person and family. By this publication, our client has received denigrating phone calls and messages across the globe by virtue of which he now sufferers immeasurable loss of goodwill.

“However, he is inclined to draw a curtain over the wild and spurious claims if you retract the allegations on the same platform they were published and consequently apologise to him in two other national dailies.

“You are also advised to enter into negotiations with us for the sum of two billion naira only being a token amount for penitence. Please bear in mind that you have 14 days from receipt of this letter to comply with the highlighted mitigating measures, the failure of which will leave our client with no preferred alternative than to seek redress in court.”

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Meanwhile, according to Premium Times, a family source said that the marriage broke down due to a health challenge which Ms Chikwendu has been trying to manage since they became a couple. The health issue posed a serious challenge and the couple later became estranged.

In addition to this, the source also claimed that the couple had countless disagreements over ‘‘unapproved outings.’’

‘‘Snowwhite was fond of going out without Fani-Kayode’s permission and he could no longer tolerate it’.’

The source however denied reports that the union broke down due to domestic violence allegedly meted out to the ex-beauty queen by the ex- former minister.

In a separate chat with Premium Times, Chikwendu’s uncle, Okey Onyemachi, also debunked some allegations making the rounds.

He said, ‘‘I never witnessed any domestic violence incident but I am aware that they are separated and are not staying together as we speak, but reports of domestic violence are very funny and malicious.

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