Wife, family of late Taraba lawmaker fight over property

Following the death of a Taraba State Lawmaker, Abdulmumini Dame, his widow, Rukkayya, has reportedly been evicted from her late husband’s residence on grounds that she bore him no child.

Reports hold that Rukkayya was evicted from the residence of her late husband located in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

Investigations into the claim revaled that the widow, still mourning the demise of her husband who was laid to rest on October 26, was evicted from the house by the deceased’s relatives.

The late three-time lawmaker who represented Ardo–Kola in the state House of Assembly was reported to have died in Yola after brief illness late October.

His wife who insisted her husband be buried according to Islamic rites as againt the traditional burial demanded by the deceased’s relatives said:

“While I insisted that Muslim rites be observed, his younger brother, Dennis Dame and other relatives said that he was not a Muslim.

“I ran to an Upper Area Court in Jalingo on the 30th of last month to seek redress and the court gave an order that we (all parties involved) shall maintain status quo and his body should not be buried. The corpse was deposited at a morgue.

“While we awaited further instructions from the court, his younger brother and other relatives, assisted by a top government official in the state government house defied the court order and ‘sneaked out’ the dead body and they observed traditional burial rites contrary to his Islamic belief. Muslim faithful later observed a special funeral rite in absentia for him.”

The widow further revealed that she married her late husband after he had converted to Islam nine years ago.

She alleged that she was being chased out of the house for not bearing a child and after her husband’s death.

“she was threatened and bullied for bringing bad luck to the family.” She said she was eventually thrown out of the house.

“They had never said he was not a Muslim until his death and surprisingly Dennis and other uncles were among those who attended the wedding Fatiha in my father’s house in Yola barely nine years ago.

“He died in Yola at FMC and he got the usual Muslim bath rites. Together with his mother and brother, we took the corpse to Jalingo, then the crisis started by his younger brother, a situation that forced me to seek redress in court.

“As you can see I’m in Takaba (for the 40 days mourning period) but they didn’t allow me to observe it in this house and kept insulting threatening me.”

The widow has however filed a lawsuit seeking redress of the situation through her lawyer, Muhammad Rabiu.

The late lawmaker’s brother, Dennis Dame, said in reaction: “We observed our traditions in the burial rites. She claims that he (lawmaker)is a Muslim but he is not! He just ‘kept’ her but not as wife.

“She didn’t even allow us to observe this mourning period but dragged us to court unnecessarily. We too have filed our suit at the tate High Court, so the matter is before the court.”