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Sorrow of widow thrown out of late husband’s family for not bearing male child

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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Aljannatu Tukur, a widow of over 10 years, has been facing rejections from her late husband’s family over inheritance, DAILY NIGERIAN has learnt.

A mother of two, Mrs Tukur’s ordeal started when her husband was assassinated on the street of Abuja years back.

Writing on her Facebook page recently, the mother of two stated that days after the death of her husband, she began to face a series of threats and harassments from her late husbands’ family.

According to her, her two daughters, who are between 10 and 14 years of age respectively, were abandoned and their inheritance denied them by the family of her late husband.

Narrating her ordeal, the widow said: “My husband was barely buried when his younger brother Ibrahim Umar Modibbo sneaked into our house and carted away all documents containing land deeds, housing papers, bank information and other valuable documents belonging to my late husband.

“Why he did that was later to manifest as he locked us out of the house and stopped us from getting anything from the provisions of my late husband.

“I was harassed and physically assaulted by this man. Not even the administration of the will stopped him from denying us what is legally our entitlement.

“In one of his rants, he mocked me for not bearing a male child for his late brother, as if the girls are not blessing from God.

“He is so powerful that his family members feared him and are contented with whatever he said.

“Not even the ruling of the sharia court touched him as he goes around flaunting court order, intimidating the judges as he bragged of being a powerful man in the Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA).

“My girls miss their father and they always wondered why their uncle is treating them so bad and unfair. We have cried to family members to no avail, not even the rulings of the court would touch him.

“I am helpless woman begging the world to help me stop this ill treatment from a man that was supposed to be a sibling of my late husband,” she lamented.

Continuing, she said: “Things got so bad that we had to pay rent to this man on the same property left by my late husband! My girls get sick and this man never for once helped out with their medical bills.

“He had also never paid their school fees as repeatedly, my daughters have been chased out of school for my inability to pay.

“This man has denied my children everything their father left behind. He has taken over their inheritance to the extent of using the proceeds to build a very large edifice for himself and his family.”

However, when push came to shove, apparently after having felt distraught and heartbroken, the widow decided to approach the Sharia court in Abuja.

At the court, the immediate younger brother of her late husband, who keeps custody of all the property and fortunes of her husband, stood in fierce defence.

He told the court that the widow and her two daughters had no share in his late brother’s will, adding that the girls could only grow up to be married.

The court ordered him to release her inheritance as well as these for the two daughters to the mother.

However, riding under legal technicalities, he frustrated the ruling of the court.

“This is nothing but sheer wickedness by a man that shared the same blood with my late husband.

“He can deny me what is mine but I wish he provided for these girls who have been cut off from the love of their father.

“As we speak, he has severed all form of communication with us; he has relocated to the United States of America leaving us to suffer as he has done since my husband passed away. I sincerely wish the world could help me to fight this injustice,” she stated.

The widow, therefore, called on well-meaning Nigerians to intervene in this matter so that she could get justice from this powerful man who is a big shot in the Nigerian Intelligence Agency.

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