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Supreme Court of Nigeria advances women’s property rights

In December 1961, Lazarus Ogbonnaga Ukeje died intestate with real property in Lagos State. The appellants are his wife Mrs. Lois Chituru Ukeje and her son, Mr. Enyinnaya Lazarus Ukeje, both of whom obtained Letters of Administration for and over the deceased’s Estate. The plaintiff/respondent is the daughter of the deceased and brought this suit seeking a declaration from the court that as the daughter of the deceased she is entitled to a share of his estate.

Gender Equality in Inheritance Rights affirmed by Nigerian Supreme Court

Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Maria Nweke was asked to vacate her house by her late husband’s father on the ground that she had no male child in the house. Mrs. Nweke brought this case claiming that according to the customs of the Awka people, a woman inherits the property of her husband regardless of whether she has a male child. The defendants/appellants, who are Mrs.

ESCR-Net’s Strategic Plan (2017-2021) calls on the Network to “counter growing repression, reinforcing the credibility and capacity of human rights defenders and connecting reprisals to underlying ESCR issues.” In the past few months, ESCR-Net has taken several steps in pursuit of this goal....

Spaces for Change (S4C), a youth-based nonprofit organization aimed at increasing engagement of all Nigerians in decision-making processes, has been active in opposing a recent...

The following petition has been initiated by ESCR-Net member Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) , who invites any member of ESCR-Net or the public to add their signature in support. We, the undersigned civil society organizations and individuals, are deeply concerned about recent...