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Court restore widows’ home after eviction by brother-in-law



A widow with four children, Rosena Akuwodor, who was wrongfully evicted from her residence by her brother-in-law, Maxwell Akuwodor, has returned to her home.

Barely a year after the demise of Rosena’s Husband, late Reginald Akuwodor, her brother-in-law secured a writ of execution that enabled him eject Rosena and her children from their home at Umuokoji Umuorii Uratta, Owerri North Local Government Area.

Maxwell, 84, had argued that he was the rightful owner of the land on which Rosena husband’s house and a six-apartment structure belonging to late Nelson Okuoma Akuwodor, the father of Maxwell and late Reginald, were built.

Although his writ of execution had stated that the structure built by Nelson be vacated in Maxwell’s favour, while carrying out the order, Maxwell had gone ahead to throw out the occupants of his brother’s building as well.

However on October 20, Justice K. A. Ojiako, the presiding judge at a high court in Imo State set aside the previous ruling that enabled Maxwell to dislodge his sister-in-law and her children.

Following the ruling, the compound gate was reopened by the court on October 27 and Rosena and her four children returned home.

Narrating  her experience, one of the daughters of late Reginald, said the eviction was a horrible experience for her family.

“We lost some of our belongings to the rain when we could not find a suitable place to keep them,

“Right now, I am very happy that the initial ruling has been set aside and justice has prevailed.

“For two months, my family was rendered homeless because of our wrongful eviction. My mother also went through a lot during this period. But above all, we thank God that it has ended well for us.” She said.(Foundation for Investigive Journalism)

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