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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Supreme Court Voids Igbo Native Law; Awards Woman Right to Father's Properties

The Supreme Court has 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 the constitution.


The Supreme court favoured one Mrs. Cladys Ada Ukeje who was denied of her late father's inheritance. Cladys had sued her father's wife and son claiming to be one of the deceased’s children and sought to be included among those to administer their deceased’s father’s estate.

The court found that she was a daughter to the deceased and that she was qualified to benefit from the estate of their father who died intestate in Lagos in1981.

The Judge, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour said Igbo Customary Law is discriminatory against women and conflicts with Section 42(1) and (2) of the Nigerian Constitution which upholds fundamental human rights.
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2. Do you support Female Child rights to father's properties especially in Igboland?
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Muyiwa Kusimo

Read it some months ago..This is a sanctity to the barbaric customs.

Endy Edeson

@muyiwa: I think it's high time the traditional rulers in Nigeria start reviewing /amending unnecessary customary laws. Some of these laws were made for 17th centuary people not 21st century

Deborah Chidiebere

Good News

Crmde Okwaa Chuks

Do you want Igbo's to join you in the fight against the supreme court??? Endy Edeson

Muyiwa Kusimo

Yes Endy,some of the laws are repugnant to natural justice.

Tunde Rasaq

The girl in question,is lucky to be alive.

Ayela Uwangue Gregory

Very proper. We do not live in the stone age anymore and especially when it goes in line with the constitution I do not see any thing wrong with it

Endy Edeson

@Okwaa: I dont understand your question. According to the article, Igbos or Igbo women should be joining hands with the State law to end the barbaric practice. Please explain the context of your question

Ezeji Nnecky Chidinma

Well it's high time they changed that barbaric laws against women,if every aspect of d country will change, i wonder why this one wouldn't

Endy Edeson

@chidinma: Change can start with us in our different families or communities by demanding equal rights. We dont have to wait for the State to stipulate a law on it. Though, the demand should be cordial and civil

Onanome Mary-Ann Ifunanya Eyeye

Endy dis is great news!! I av been praying for dis to happen to free d igbo girl child. Amnt an igbo gal bt am happy for dat girl. Dis will help curtail d excesses of 1st sons as regards inheritance.

 

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