Widow cries out to Enugu Police, others over ejection from husband’s home

A widow, Mrs. Annabel, Muoneke, from Nawfia, in Anambra State has cried out to authorities over alleged harassment by her late husband’s brother.

The mom of 1 raised the alarm in a petition filed on her behalf by a human rights group, Civil Rights Realisation and Development Community (CRRAN), signed by its president, Olu Omotayo (Esq).

The petition was addressed to the Speaker of the Enugu state Home of Meeting, Edward Ubosi, the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Amad Abdur-Rahman, and Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Growth, Princess Peace Nnaji.

She alleged that her life and that of her solely daughter are presently in peril.

Amongst different issues, she additionally alleged forceful eviction from her matrimonial dwelling.

She narrated within the petition that since after the demise of her husband, late Mr. Izuchukwu Okwudili Muoneke, who was previously resident in the UK, (UK), however died on the 13th, of July 2019, the youthful brother to the deceased, Chimezie, Muoneke, has continued to make life insufferable for her and the daughter.

The petition entitled: ‘Attraction for Justice: Re: Forcible Entry And Eviction, Risk to life and victimisation of Mrs. Annabel Muoneke, a widow, by Mr. Chimezie Muoneke,’ appealed to the above authorities to come back to the assistance of the widow.

In response to the petition: “We write to you in respect of the above talked about matter on behalf of
Mrs. Annabel Muoneke of No. 1, Okwudili Muoneke Crescent, Dawn Property, Emene, Enugu.

“Mrs. Annabel Muoneke misplaced her husband Izuchukwu Okwudili Muoneke on the 13th day of July 2019, after a short sickness. The deceased who was previously resident in United Kingdom had 2 kids particularly Jesica Muoneke (18 years) and Victoria Muoneke (15 years) earlier than he acquired a
divorce and separated from their mum and got here again to Nigeria.

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“Mrs. Anabel Muoneke had a daughter named Michelle Muoneke for her late husband. After the burial of the deceased in his hometown Nawfia in Anambra State on the fifth day of December 2019, Mr. Chimezie Muoneke a
youthful brother of the deceased began threatening the poor widow to vacate her matrimonial dwelling, stating that the deceased bought their fathers’ property to construct the stated home, due to this fact, the constructing, a bungalow, is a household home.

“Mr. Chimezie instantly after the burial of the deceased broke into the Muoneke dwelling on the seventh December 2019, and took possession and solely allowed the woman to remain in a room after a lot stress.

“Mrs. Muoneke stated she wrote a petition to the workplace of the
Commissioner of Police by way of her lawyer on December 2019, the matter was referred to SIB for investigation, however the matter was by no means resolved.

“On sixth September 2020, Mr. Chimezie once more in live performance with some individuals began threatening to throw Mrs. Muoneke out of the property and kill her and her solely daughter.

“Mr. Chimezie was additionally sending threatening SMS messages to the poor widow. These threats made Mrs. Muoneke to put in writing one other petition once more to the workplace of the Commissioner of Police Enugu State, on the ninth September 2020, and the matter was
promptly referred to D12 Part, of the State Felony and
Investigation Division (SCID), Enugu the place the matter is presently pending.

“On 16th September 2020, Mr. Chimezie threw out Mrs. Muoneke and her little daughter from her matrimonial dwelling, seized a few of her properties and threatened to kill her and her daughter. The Police on Friday 18th September 2020, directed that Mr. Chimezie ought to open the premises and permit Mrs. Anabel have entry to a room in her
matrimonial dwelling pending investigation, which directive was carried out with the help of the Police and he or she now stays there for now.

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“We search your pressing intervention on this case, as it’s grave injustice to say a widow and her daughter can not keep on her matrimonial dwelling upon the demise of her husband.

“Mrs. Annabel maintained that there isn’t any iota of reality within the declare of Chimezie that her matrimonial house is a household property as all of the paperwork regarding the property bears her late husband’s title.

“We submit that the victimization, harassment and risk to the lifetime of this poor widow and her daughter ought to be stopped forthwith. We additionally urge you to within the curiosity of justice be sure that Mrs. Anabel and her baby get justice because the circumstances of this case calls for.

“There isn’t any legislation in Nigeria that claims upon the demise of a person his property routinely turns into household property.”

When DAILY POST acquired in contact with the widow’s brother in-law by way of his cell line, he stated the petitioner was not his brother’s spouse.

Responding to query put to him over allegedly chasing the widow out of the husband’s property, he shouted “Jesus Christ; did she inform you she is my brother’s spouse? She s not.

“Her title is Annabel Okafor not Annabel Muoneke. My brother’s spouse is in London. That’s all I’ve to say.”

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