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Women Have Right to Inherit Property in Nigeria

Women Just Like Men Can Inherit Property in Nigeria


Women Just Like Men Have Right To Inherit Any Property In Nigeria. 

By Onyekachi Umah, Esq 


No matter the religion, tribe and culture, every woman in Nigeria is entitled to inherit any type property and assets. The place, time, means and conditions surrounding the birth of a woman doesn’t matter. Any religion or custom that says otherwise is illegal, contrary to natural justice and the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria and as such invalid.

See section 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and also the Supreme Court judgment in Ukeje V. Ukeje (2014) 11 NWLR (PT. 1418) 384.



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4 Responses

  1. My marriage was conducted in the church but before that, the church gave us something like certificate to be taken to the registry and a notice was pasted for 21 days if am not mistaken. Can I get divorce from such a marriage sir/ma and is that a court/registry marriage.

  2. Thank you so much Mr. Onyekachi Umah for Sabi law tips. You’ve helped members of the public grabs legal tips which are all to their advantage.
    It’s brief and easily comprehensible.

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