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Chevron Medical Director, Rotimi Babalola In Messy Divource Scandal




The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Rotimi Babalola is currently swimming in a divorce mess.

This is as his wife Mrs. Adediwura Adebukola Babalola has approached the Lagos High Court for the termination of their marriage.

In the suit with No: LD/9231WD/2021, Mrs. Babalola is seeking to divource her husband on the ground that he has been displaying act of intolerable cruelty and inhuman conduct towards her and their only child.

According to documents filed in support of the divorce petition, Mrs. Babalola alleged that her husband (Respondent) had abandoned their matrimonial home since January 1st 2021, leaving the petitioner and the only child.

The respondent has also been adamant to efforts made  to reconcile the two parties by their respective counsels, A.O Agbola, Esq of Cheakley Chambers and Olusola Idowu (SAN) of Olusola Idowu & Co.

The petitioner contended that the divorce petition became the last option for her when it was apparent that her husband was not ready for any peaceful reconciliation coupled with his alleged constant harassment, intimidation, and threat of unlawful forceful eviction from her matrimonial home.

Following the alleged constant harassment and physical assault on the petitioner by her medical doctor husband, which often left her with bruises, the petitioner said she has been traumatised and had in the past sought treatment at Chevron Clinic and has also been attended to by a psychologist at Chevron.

In addition, the petitioner contended that notwithstanding the fact that the respondent has abandoned the matrimonial home since January 2021, the Respondent between April and July 2021, has been coming to the matrimonial home at No 8, Service Crescent Cooperative Villa, Badore Ajah, Lagos and has carted away several domestic items from the house.

The petitioner described the conduct of the estranged husband towards her and their child as wicked, callous, irrational and physically abusive.

Apart from seeking the dissolution of the marriage contracted at the Kosofe Local Government Marriage Registry on 9th February 2012, the petitioner is also praying the court for the custody of the only child from the marriage; and an order compelling the Respondent to return all the items carted away from the matrimonial home.

In addition, the petitioner is also praying the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Respondent from interfering with the petitioner’s possession of the matrimonial home at No 8, Service Crescent Cooperative Village, Badore Ajah, Lagos State.

She is also seeking for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the husband from coming within one kilometers radius of any house or office premises that may be occupied by her and N1,000,000 monthly maintenance among other reliefs.

Recall that Mr. Babalola was alleged to have recently sent people suspected to be soldiers to retrieve a car from his estranged wife, Mrs. Babalola.

Mrs. Babalola, who had earlier reported her husband to the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team was said to have got more than she bargained for when the fully armed soldiers allegedly invaded her matrimonial home around 2.30 PM, putting her and her daughter under severe apprehension as they attempted to forcefully retrieve her car allegedly on the order of her husband.

Mrs. Babalola said the soldiers who did not mince words on their mission told her that they were acting on the instructions of her husband.

However, reprieve came for Mrs Babalola and her daughter when a good samaritan, a senior military officer got wind of the invasion of her matrimonial home and challenged the soldiers on their unlawful mission.

According to an eyewitness, the senior officer was said to have asked the soldiers, “who authorised you to meddling in a civilian’s domestic affairs?” Following the intervention of the senior military officer, the soldiers immediately vacated the scene at No 8, Service Crescent Cooperative Villa, Badore, Ajah, Lagos.

Mrs. Babalola had earlier reported her husband’s alleged constant harassment, intimidation, assault and threat to the Lagos State Domestic and Violence Response Team which referred the matter to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ajah via a letter dated July 17th 2021, on account of threat to her life.

Checks at the Ajah Divisional Police Headquarters confirmed that the DPO has already invited both Mr. and Mrs. Babalola on the matter.

The DPO, it was gathered had warned the husband to stop going to the house and allow peace to reign.

Mr. Babalola according to his wife’s complaints to the Lagos State Domestic and Violence Response Team was in the habit of beating her up at the slightest provocation. Besides, since January 1st 2021, when Mr. Babalola abandoned his matrimonial home, it was alleged that he has been coming to dismantle domestic utilities in the house.

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