Intervene in plight of Enugu widow – Rights group urges police, others

A Lagos-based human rights group, Rule of Legislation and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC), and its counterpart in Enugu, South- East Nigeria, Civil Rights Realisation and Development Community (CRRAN) have referred to as on the police to intervene within the ongoing alleged victimization and home conflict declared on an Enugu-based widow, Mrs. Annabel Moneke, by her late husband’s youthful brother.

DAILY POST had earlier reported that Mr. Chukwuemeka Moneke, the widow’s brother-in-law, allegedly evicted the widow and her little daughter from her matrimonial house at Emene space of Enugu.

Nevertheless, newest stories alleged that he bodily assaulted the middle-aged lady final week and inflicted accidents throughout her physique.

A petition collectively signed by the Government Director, of (RULAAC), Comrade Okechukwu Nwanguma, and president of (CRRAN), Barrister Olu Omotayo, made out there to journalists on Tuesday in Enugu, mentioned the intervention turned essential following current threats to the lifetime of the widow by Chukwuemenka.

The petition learn thus: “We search the pressing intervention of the Commissioner police, (CP) Enugu state, Amad Adurraham, on this case. It’s a grave injustice to assert {that a} widow and her daughter can’t keep in her matrimonial house upon the demise of her husband.

“Such barbaric, gender-specific oppressive and discriminatory follow have to be achieved away with on this fashionable age. Mrs. Annabel Moneke maintains that there isn’t a iota of reality within the declare by Chukwuemeka, that her matrimonial house is a household property as all of the paperwork referring to the property bear her late husband’s identify.

“This joint petition turns into essential in view of the beatings and grievous assault on Mrs. Annabel Moneke by Chimezie Moneke final Wednesday, although the widow mentioned she reported to the Police investigators, however nothing was achieved to the assailant.

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“We submit that the victimization, harassment and menace to the lifetime of this poor widow and her daughter must be put to an finish forthwith. We urge you, within the curiosity of justice, to ensure the protection and property rights of Mrs. Annabel and her little one and to make sure that they get justice because the circumstances of this case calls for.”

They added that “There isn’t any legislation in Nigeria that claims upon the demise of a person his property robotically turns into household property and due to this fact the widow and her little one have to be forcefully faraway from the property.

“Mrs. Moneke is being threatened, harassed, assaulted and has been grievously injured by Mr Chimezie Moueke in an illegal bid to forcefully evict her from her matrimonial house constructed by her late husband Izuchukwu Okwudili Moneke, and the place she and her daughter had been residing along with her deceased husband till his demise in July 2019.

“It was so quickly after Mrs. Annabel Moneke misplaced her husband on the 13th day of July 2019, after a short sickness that Mr. Chimezie Moneke began to harass her, asking her to vacate her matrimonial house situate at No. 1, Okwudili Moneke Crescent, Dawn, Property, Emene, Enugu, on the disputed declare that his deceased elder brother bought their fathers’ property to construct the mentioned home, due to this fact the constructing, a bungalow, is a household home.”

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They hinted that “the deceased who was previously resident in United Kingdom had 2 kids specifically Jesica Moneke (18 years) and Victoria Mouneke (15 years) from his earlier marriage earlier than he divorced his former spouse and returned to Nigeria and married Mrs. Annabel Mouneke who has a daughter named Michelle Moneke with him

“Instantly after the burial of the deceased in his hometown Nawfia in Anambra State on the fifth day of December 2019, Mr. Mr. Chimezie broke into the Moneke house on the seventh December 2019, and took possession.”

The petition was additionally addressed to the Speaker of Enugu State Home of Meeting, Hon. Edward Ubosi, and the State Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Improvement, Princess Peace Nnaji.

Nevertheless, when contacted on the cellphone for his response, the accused brother-in-law to the girl, denied attacking her, saying “all she is saying are utterly lies. No person beat her. Apart from, she just isn’t our late brother’s authorized spouse, quite she was his girlfriend.

“If she is saying that she is our late brother’s spouse, I problem her to supply the wedding paperwork. She additionally claimed to have had a daughter for our deceased brother, which isn’t true. Due to all these lies she is telling, our household has requested her to topic herself for a (DNA) paternal check, to determine if actually the woman she claims to be our brother’s daughter is certainly his blood.”

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