Violation of human rights on the area of forceful ejection of tenants by landlords has assumed a dangerous dimension. Some time in February 2020, a lady named Uloma Bello whose residence is at no. 61 Ukegbu road Ogbor hill Aba, cried to me brandishing a letter from a man who purportedly bought her father’s house.
I read the letter which ordered all the tenants to immediately vacate the house. Uloma told me that their father, late Bello Surukatu Adegun had 8 children,3 boys and 5 girls. The 3 boys met after the death of their father and shared out the 4 landed properties. That it was their father it was that purportedly gave one property to their eldest sister.
The other 4 girl are not part of the inheritance. Uloma went on to say that she is not married and so lives in their family house. She wondered why their first son should sell their father’s house where she lives with out settling her elsewhere. I quickly wrote letters to her siblings warning on the illegality of their actions. According to her, the boys said they will kill me.
I filed an action in the High Court praying the court among other reliefs a restriction of the brothers, the buyer of the house, their privies or any body acting on their behalf from forcefully ejecting Uloma and or demolishing the said house. 4 out of the 5 Defendants have been served. This 20th June, 2020, very early, l received a phone call by Uloma informing me that her brothers in the company of law enforcement agents and some rough looking men stormed no 61 Ukegbu road Ogbor hill Aba and brought the house down, destroying her properties and carting away some valuables.
Uloma and her daughter are homeless, a lady her father owned houses. How long will the indigents continue to suffer in the hands of heartless rich people?
Discrimination against a female child in Yoruba land is non-existent. Presidents in judgements delivered are clear.. Male and female children are treated equally in asset sharing. That a Yoruba man lives in lgbo land and raises his family here does not ascribe lgbo custom onto him.
Contrary to even the beliefs held in some certain cultures in lgbo communities, a female child, married or not still has right to be treated like her male siblings. The 1999 Constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended is very clear on this. No one shall be discriminated against based on the condition of his/her birth.