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Widow, 80, drags nephew to court over property

Kaduna- A’isha Abdullahi, an 80-year old widow of Anguwar Dosa, Kaduna, has dragged her nephew, Abdulrahman Mohammed, to Magajin Gari Sharia Court for allegedly claiming her inherited property.

Abdullahi told the court: “Our late father left the house to us. I left the house to his (Abdullahi’s) mother to take care of, I don’t have a child.

“I took three of her children and at that time I resided at Warri, Delta state, with my husband.”

The complainant added that she returned to Kaduna after the death of her husband.

“For almost 13 years they asked me to go to the house, I them told I can’t stay with her husband and children using one toilet and bathroom. So I rented a single room,” Abdullahi said.

She said that she never collected rent from them, but asked her sister to use the money generated from the house for her upkeep.

According to her, Mohammed claimed that he bought the house from her after the death of his mother at the cost of N250, 000.

The accused, however, denied the allegation.

Mohammed told the court that the house in dispute was “inherited by my mother and when her (A’isha) husband died she came back to Kaduna, but she refused to stay in the house for no reason.

“She has nobody than we because she brought us up; right from childhood I grew up with her in Warri.”

He recalled that one day some community elders came to the house to say that the complainant wanted her share of house to be sold.

“They asked me if  I am interested, which I said `yes’ and I gave them first N140,000 and later I paid N110,000, making N250,000 all in all,” he said.

He said “the elders were there, we all sang and she sang, but she later took me to Kawo Upper Area Court on same matter which the judgment was in my favour.”

The presiding officer, Khadi Ibrahim Mohammed, asked the accused to produce a copy of the judgment of the Upper Area Court on the matter before the court.

Mohammed adjourned the case to Aug. 6 for hearing and continuation. (NAN)


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