Thursday, 11 August 2016

Women group hails Supreme Court Judgment on property inheritance among Igbos

Speaker Maduagwu and the delegate in her office

Okechukwu Onuegbu

Anambra State Women Association in Lagos (ASWAL), a socio-cultural organisation comprising women representative of 177 communities in Anambra State (Lagos State residents) has hailed the recent Supreme Court judgment upholding the rights of every woman to inherit part of their demise husband’s or father’s properties in Igbo land. recalled that the apex Court has in the appeal marked: SC.224/2004 filed by Mrs. Lois Chituru Ukeje  (wife of late Lazarus Ogbonna Ukeje) and their son, Enyinnaya Lazarus Ukeje against Mrs. Cladys Ada Ukeje (the deceased’s daughter), voided the Igbo law and custom, which forbid a female from inheriting her late father’s estate, on the grounds that it is discriminatory and conflicts with the provision of section 42 (a) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution.

Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour of Supreme Court, who read the lead judgment amidst his colleagues Justices Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, Claral Bata Ogunbiyi, Kumai Bayang Aka’ahs and  John Inyang Okoro, held that “no matter the circumstances of the birth of a female child, such a child is entitled to an inheritance from her later father’s estate.

Speaking at Awka, while facilitating with Anambra State House of Assembly, ASWAL President, Dr. Mrs. Nkiru Ifekwem explained that the law shows that every female child in the South East geopolitical zone shall henceforth inherit or get share of their father and/or husbands properties in a situation whereby the demise had no male child.

Ifekwem, who reiterated the needs for lawmakers across Igbo land to domesticate the law at their various states, said she was overwhelmed with joy while their legal Adviser and Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Rita Maduagwu informed them that they had already domesticated it in Anambra.

On what informed the visit to the hallow chamber, Ifekwem averred that they came to officially inform Maduagwu that she would be one of their guests lecturers on October 22, 2016 programme aimed at celebrating distinguished Nigerian women.

She further extolled the state legislators over what she termed their serenity and maturity displayed in legislative business unlike the National Assembly where according to her, lawmakers exchange physical blows and hot words.

Also speaking, Mrs. Chinwe Nwune, the Chairman of the ASWAL October programme planning committee, and her Secretary, Mrs. Nonye Modi, while describing Anambra women as humble and exemplary personalities, noted that the programme will among other things feature fundraising for building of a vocational skill acquisition centres to help in training and empowering girls child, and to inspire young women for better tomorrow.



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