Man drags siblings to court over land in Anambra

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A middle-aged man, Obed Umeojiaka has dragged his four siblings to court over his rightful inheritance of the Obi and compound of his late father in Ifite village Ezinifite, Aguata council area of Anambra State.

Umeojiaka said he sued his brothers, Emeka, Ifeanyi and two others, as the first son in accordance with the custom and tradition of the community.

In Suit No.AG/7/2019, Obed claimed, among other things, that while his father was alive, he (Obed) erected some buildings, including a warehouse and boys’ quarters within his father’s compound and fenced them off with an entrance gate.

He said, “My late father, twenty years ago, called all his male children and gave various homesteads to us individually outside his father’s own compound.

“None of us protested, but accepted their homesteads from our father.”

According to Obed, he had been in possession and occupation of the Obi and compound of his late father until January 2017 when the siblings allegedly invaded the compound with force.

“After pulling down the fence that protected the entire compound, they erected a wall fence inside the compound to separate the main building from the boys’ quarters and parking lot built inside the same compound,” he added.

Countering the accusation, however, Obed’s brothers, in a letter to the police titled “threat to life”, alleged his plan to assassinate them.

The brothers who had earlier petitioned the Inspector General of Police through their lawyer, Mr Justus Uche Ijeoma, claimed their late father gave a portion of his compound to two of his sons.

The letter read partly,  “Chukwuemeka and Sopuluchukwu built their own houses and partitioned the compound to separate them from the portion given to the first son, Obed and his properties based on intervention and decision of their kinsmen.

“Trouble started when Obed allegedly demolished our houses, pulled down the fences and entrance gates as well as walled off an existing four bedroom bungalow belonging to one of us “to deny him access to his house and property.”

While calling for a thorough investigation into the matter, the brothers said they were law-abiding, pledging to present themselves for investigation to taking laws into their hands.

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