April 17, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs is investigating a case involving two men battling custody claims over a six-month-old baby.
According to Deputy Social Welfare Minister, Mustapha Bai Atilla, both men are known as Mohamed Bangura, although they exhibit physical disparity in that one is dark in complexion and tall while the other is diminutive and light skinned.
“Our investigation revealed that the tall black Mohamed Bangura has been married to Georgiana Cole for over eight years with a six-year-old son as their first child, while the short and fair in complexion Mohamed Bangura met with the same Georgiana when she came to stay with her late mother in January, 2014 and they fell in love,” explained Atilla.
He said the investigation further revealed that the tall and black Mohamed Bangura also moved in with his wife at the time her late mother was seriously sick, and that the lady in question became pregnant subsequently and gave birth to a baby boy on 16 October, 2014.
The tussle over the baby began when the tall and black Mohamed Bangura was thrown out of the house after a misunderstanding with one Ms. Cole, the minister said, adding that when the former returned to make arrangement for the child’s feeding, he was told the child belongs to the diminutive and light skinned Mohamed Bangura.
The tall Mohamed Bangura told ministry officials that the lady at the centre of the controversy had told him she was pregnant even before she moved into her mother’s apartment, and that he had provided maintenance for her until she put to bed, as well as money for the naming ceremony.
But his rival rebutted that the lady used to spend the night with him since early January 2014 when she moved into her mother’s apartment, and that she had told him he was the father of the baby.
The deputy minister said a DNA test would be done to ascertain who the biological father of the child is.