International Journal of Law, Policy and Social Review
2019, Vol. 1, Issue 2
Proposing legislation for the enforcement of women’s right to succession in Nigeria: Post UKEJE v UKEJE and other cases
Bertha Nnenna Otunta
The right to inheritance by women over the years has been a knotty legal tussle which has expanded the jurisprudence of family and customary law in Nigeria. This Article examines the viability of a proposal for a legal framework for enforcement of women’s rights to inherit property in Nigeria. The objective of this Article is to appraise the position of the law since the apex court decided in Ukeje v Ukeje and its impact on the enforcement and protection of rights of Nigerian women. Also, to determine the propriety or otherwise of the need for legislation to enforce their right to inheritance adopted from international legal instruments on the rights and protection of women.