Nigeria still has a long way to go when it comes to gender equality. It is so sad to see that some cultures still think that a man’s family is more entitled to his properties than his widow and children, and they are able to callously take everything without any consequences.
A widow, Mrs. Stella Ogheneovo, is appealing to all government authorities to call her in-laws to order, for trying to deny her and her children their rights to her late husband’s properties.
Vanguard reported that Stella said she was subjected to all forms of maltreatment and harassment following her husband’s death.
According to her, her husband’s relatives forced her to drink the water used to wash her late husband’s corpse to prove that she did not kill her husband, which resulted to a serious stomach ache.
Her husband, an indigene of Emervo in Isoko area of Delta state was said to have slumped at work and was taken to the hospital but later died.
Noting that she was legally married to her husband with five children, Stella said, just after the death of her husband, she was invited by his relatives, who forced her to disclose his assets, and information about the company where he worked with her phone seized.
Stella also alleged that her first son told her that her husband’s leg was amputated before he was buried. According to her, she couldn’t attend the burial because the Rev. Father had warned her to stay away.
The Reverend Father has however released a statement denying the woman’s accusations and saying he stepped into the matter to ensure that Stella do not take all the properties leaving the man’s first child with another woman without anything.