The family members of late former governor of Kogi State, Abubakar Audu’s family, are now in court over his properties. The Audu patriarch died leaving behind two wives, a daughter and eight sons. His second wife, Fatima Abubakar, is accusing other family members of the Kogi-born politician of “neglect and intentionally depriving her access to her late husband’s residence and personal effects”.
Daily Trust reports that her counsel, Chris Uche, applied to the court to join Fatima in the distribution of the estate of the late politician which is supposed to take place under Islamic law at the Sharia Court of Appeal, Abuja. The letter, dated 17th of August 2016 and addressed to the Grand Khadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal in Abuja and received on the 28th of August, informed the court that Fatima, a surviving wife of the late Igala prince was by law supposed to receive a portion of the late politician’s estate.
It was further gathered that the court was employing an alternative dispute resolution mechanism to settle the issues in dispute between both parties. After both parties met on the 20th of October, the counsel to Fatima Abubakar refused to speak to the press claiming the Grand Khadi had given instructions that the public be left out of the dispute till it is resolved.He, however, confirmed the case has been adjourned to November 1st, 2016.