84-year-old evicts late brother's wife, children, claims ownership of building

84-year-old evicts late brother's wife, children, claims ownership of building
Some of the properties of Mrs Rosena Akuwuodor thrown out of the building

84-year-old Imo resident, Maxwell Akuwuodor, has allegedly rendered a widow, Mrs Rosena Akuwuodor and her four children homeless.

A visit to the scene of the incident at Umuokoji Umuorii Uratta in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State on Wednesday saw the woman and her children crying.

The widow in a voice shaking and an occasional break to sniff and clear her throat, said that her brother-in-law came with thugs and men in uniform on Tuesday and evicted them from the house.

The 49-year-old widow also said that her husband, Reginald Akuwuodor, died on September 9, 2020, and was buried November 20, same year.

Unable to hold back tears which continued to flow freely, running in no particular trail down her cheeks, she said that her late husband's brother threw her belongings and that of her children out of the house with the help of the thugs he came with before proceeding to lock the gate of the apartment.

She said, "My husband's only surviving brother, Maxwell Akuwuodor evicted I and my four children from my husband's house on Tuesday. He threw out our properties and locked the house. This was a house built by my husband. He said that he had obtained judgment against my husband which is not true.

"As I speak with you I am homeless. We have not eaten since yesterday. We have no place to go. We have neither taken our bath nor changed our cloths. The world should come to my rescue. I am a poor widow with three girls and a boy.

"He threw away everything that belongs to us inside a house built by my husband including the credentials of my children. The house is a five bedroom bungalow. I have no place to go to as we speak."

When contacted, the widow's brother-in-law, Maxwell Akuwuodor, said in a telephone conversation that the eviction was carried out by staff of Owerri high court.

He further stated that he got a judgment against the widow's husband on a matter on rightful ownership of the ancestral land.

But counsel for the widow, Uche Ubochi, said that the action was wrongly executed.

Ubochi said the court judgment didn't permit that the widow and her children be evicted from her husband's house.

He explained that the judgment permitted Maxwell Akuwuodor to takeover the house built by his father which is the widow's father-in-law.

The lawyer said that he would be flying a motion in the court against the court baillif.