The whereabouts of two minors, who for months saw themselves in a legal battle between their parents, Sidikie Bility and his wife, Warti Robinson Bility, dominated the habeas corpus proceedings on Thursday, January 21, at Criminal Court ‘A,’ at the Temple of Justice.
The habeas corpus request was applied for by lawyers representing Mrs. Bility, who had asked Judge Roosevelt Willie to compel her husband, Sidikie, to surrender the children that were in his custody to the court.
However, immediately after intense argument between their lawyers, Judge Willie declined any interference into the matter.
Judge Willie said, his reason is that another court, the Civil Law Court that has concomitant jurisdiction as his court, has already determined the matter and subsequently placed the kids in the possession of the father, Sidikie.
Moreover, Judge Willie said the issue of the children’s custody was already on appeal before the Supreme Court Chamber Justice, which prohibits him from proceeding with the merit and demerit of the case.
The case reached the Supreme Court after Mrs. Bility’s lawyers rejected the Civil Law Court’s decision to place the children into the care of their father, Sidikie, instead of her, who is the biological mother to the kids.
Before Judge Willie declined to make any decision on the matter, Sidikie’s lawyers had earlier argued that the children were kidnapped by their mother from their school.
They even claimed that they did not know the current status of the children.
Sidikie’s lawyers further claimed that Warti, the mother of his children on Tuesday, January 20, went on the kids’ campus and took them to an unknown location; the accusation Warti’s legal team denied having any knowledge of.
Despite Sidikie’s argument, the children had been in his custody since the welfare issued of the children went to court, in August 2020.
Further, they claimed that the school’s administration contacted Sidikie through an email about Warti coming on the campus to sign for the children.
In a counter argument, Warti’s legal team denied having any knowledge about the children’s whereabouts.
Warti’s lawyer also asked the court to compel Sidikie to produce the children, because the kids had been with their father, Sidikie, prior to the Civil Law Court’s challenged judgment that placed the children in Sidikie’s custody.