Wednesday , October 28 2020

Circumcision, Fight Over Family Properties Send Family Into Hiding

ILORIN — The fight over inheritance has become a common trend in southern Nigeria, as it has led to unwanton destruction of lives and properties.

The recent being the killing of an old man by his kinsmen in other to take over his properties,in Ilorin,Kwara State.

One of the properties said to be housing the deceased daughter, Adeniji Motunrayo Balikis was razed down, after she narrowly escaped with her husband, Adeniji Timothy Oladipo and their three children(two daughters and a son.

According to a family member, who prefer to remain anonymous, there has been dispute related to inheritance, which was yet to be resolved.

“They almost kill my sister’s husband (Timothy); and till now we do not know his whereabouts”, She told our reporter

It was however learnt that, Balikis and her three children had sought refuge at one of her husband friend’s house, where she later absconded with them to an unknown destination.

Mrs Balikis,is also on the run from her in laws,who are hell bent on circumcising her daughters,as that is the tradition of the family like all African families

The police in Kwara State have however arrested eight persons linked to the attack and subsequent killings.

The Kwara State Police Command PRO,DSP Martins Esso said the suspects would be charged to court after the police conclude investigation.

DSP Esso lamented the cases of family dispute as a result of properties, noting that, though traditional rulers settle matters of land dispute and fight over property inheritance,the aggrieved party still take matters into their hand


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