Niger: Late governor’s son sues mum over dad’s property

NEWSMAN, Minna – Senator Zenab Kure has been taken to the Niger state Sharia Court of Appeal, by one of her sons, Umar who is challenging the distribution of his father’s estate by an Upper Sharia Court/Administrator.

Late Abdulkadir Kure, a former Governor of Niger State, was a Nigerian politician who served as Governor of Niger State from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He was a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In May 2000, he introduced Sharia law in Niger State.

The widow and three other children of the deceased and the estate of late Abdulkadir were listed as respondents.

The applicant is seeking an order of the Sharia Court of Appeal for extension of time to seek leave to appeal, another order for leave of the court to appeal and an order for extension of time within which to file the notice of appeal.

In a 16-paragraph affidavit in support of the motion, one Blessing Abraham, deposed that, “the appellant is dissatisfied with the decision of the trial court/administrator in the distribution of the estate in question.”

She noted that the appellant and his counsel were not present on the date the purported distribution was made and that he was not aware of the sharing of the estate on December 11, 2019 until he was served the decision on January 27, 2020, thereby elapsing the 30 days within which he could appeal.

Umar is also challenging the distribution of his father’s estate without payment of all debts of the deceased, adding that he was not given fair hearing in the distribution of the estate.

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