Alleged Victimisation of Widow: Anambra Govt Vowed To Ensure Justice Is Served

By Our Correspondent, Anambra

The Anambra state Government has waded into the case of alleged unlawful and forceful dispossession of a widow, Mrs Chinenye Okonkwo's late husband's property by the brother in-law, Mr Boniface and CY Okonkwo  promising to ensure that justice is served in the matter.

Anambra state commissioner for women affirs, Mrs. Ify Obinabo  disclosed this journalists on Thursday, during a fact-finding visit to Oraifite, in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state, 
promising that the Anambra state government will see to it that the widow gets justice. 

She emphasised that the state's Violence Against Persons Act protects Mrs Chinenye Okonkwo and others in similar circumstances. The commissioner was met by the president of Oraifite widows association, Mrs Ogechukwu izuka, and other widows.

Recall that  Mrs Chinenye Okonkwo, 37-year old widow had earlier appealed to the Anambra State Government and human rights organisations to assist her in recovering her late husband’s property from his siblings.

She accused her late husband's siblings of encroached into their land, took away the blocks for their proposed building and sent her and her five childre on exile.

She said that the Umuodilogu village kindred and the widows' organisation under Sir Emeka Offor Foundation tried to settle the matter but to no avail.

"My Late husband, Linus Okonkwo showed me the boundary of his land before his death in 2017 at age of 45. He also molded blocks for a four bedroom flat. 

"But his siblings, Boniface and CY Okonkwo are trouble makers.They
sent me away asking me to go remarry and they will consider my children when they are grown.

"They even threatened to kill me if they see me in the family compound. I'm currently living in a rented apartment with my kids. I'm struggling to pay both house rent and children's school fees".

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