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Anambra widow battling forced eviction by in-law seeks help

A 37-year-old widow, Chinenye Okonkwo, has raised the alarm over her eviction from her husband’s house by her brother-in-law.

Okonkwo, who hails from Umuodiogu, Umunakwa Ifite, Oraifite, in the Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, also called on the Anambra State Government and other relevant authorities to come to her aid.

The mother of five, who spoke to Sunday PUNCH on Saturday, said her burden had worsened following her eviction.

She added that despite the intervention of the community leaders and various groups, the brother-in-law refused to release her husband’s land to her, forcing her and her children to seek refuge outside.

She said, “My husband died in 2017 at the age of 45. Since then, his brother has encroached on my late husband’s land.

“He carried the entire blocks my husband had moulded and used them for his purpose. When I confronted him about my husband’s property, he said he had used them.

“After several attempts of resisting his nefarious acts against me, he forcibly ejected me from my husband’s house with the use of thugs.

“He asked me to leave and that I should go and look for someone else to marry me since I am still young. Right now, I have become homeless and also struggling to pay both house rent and children’s school fees.”

She, however, pleaded with Governor Chukwuma Soludo to intervene in the matter so that she and her children would not remain homeless.

The Chairman of Umuodiogu kindred, Francis Okafor, also condemned the actions of the widow’s brother-in-law, saying that the community had waded into the matter, and the brother-in-law, had been arrested.

When contacted, the Anambra State Police Command’s spokesman, Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed that the in-law was in police custody.

“We are about to conclude an investigation before he will be arraigned,” Ikenga added.

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