The son of a woman in her early 50s, Mercy Orija, who refused to go into levirate marriage with her late husband’s half-brother, has raised the alarm over the safety of his mother.
Orija’s son, Olasunkanmi, alleged in a sworn affidavit that due to her mother’s rejection of the marriage proposal by his uncle, Chief Olatunji Adigun, she has not known peace, thus forcing her to run into hiding.
According to Olasunkanmi, her mum disappeared into thin air following the series of attacks and threat on her life and alleged plan to kill her.
Olasunkami declared in the affidavit sworn to at the Ikeja High Court in Lagos that his uncle was attempting to take over his late father’s property by proxy through traditional marriage to his mother.
He alleged that it was a secret plan by Olatunji to inherit his late father’s estate, particularly properties that included houses, hence the decision to marry his mother.
Olasunkanmi stated in the affidavit that his mother kicked against the proposed marriage as it was an old-fashioned idea, which does not fit modern reality and as a dedicated wife to her late husband she would not marry another man again.
The affidavit reads in part: “That Chief Olatunji Adigun, a half-brother to my late father, is my uncle who has indicated his interest to engage in levirate marriage with my mother,” he said in the affidavit dated September 19, 2016.
“She has suffered series of persecutions in the hands of my uncle, Chief Olatunji Adigun.”
Olasunkanmi added that his uncle had confiscated all his father’s properties, including the house he was living at Ikeja, where he chased him out.
Olasunkanmi declared: “He said as my mother had run away with the documents to the properties, we will not have access to any. That on Friday, September 2, 2016, Chief Olatunji Adigun got angry, rained abuses and curses on my mother (in absentia) and threatened to deal with her anytime he sees her as my mum has become a stumbling block to his desire to legitimately inherit my father’s properties.
“That I’m aware that due to this serious threat my mother ran into hiding for safety to avoid the wrath of my uncle, who daily continues to threaten and search for my mother.”
“And that her life is in danger up till now, thus the need for her to be in hiding. That Chief Olatunji Adigun refused to give my mother peace of mind, and insisted on killing her.”