My Late Husband’s Family Are After Me, My Children , Widow Cries Out.
Violet Ivie Inemesit, a middle-aged woman, has narrated her ugly experience in the hands of her in-laws after the demise of her husband, Mr. Inemesit.
Explaining her ordeal in an interview she granted from her hideout, Mrs. Inemesit summarised her suffering as stemming from the historically poor treatment of widows in Africa and the peculiar fetish inclinations of her in-laws, which are quite strange in these modern times, according to her.
Tracing the origin of her ordeal to mid-June, 2020 immediately after her husband, who was diagnosed with kidney failure, eventually died a day after the diagnosis and before he could commence any treatment on June 1, 2020.
“My husband died with no sign of kidney or liver complications whatsoever. No swollen legs or stomach,” she explained.
But according to her, her late mother-in-law (name withheld), before her demise, was an Igbe dancer in Warri, Delta State.
She said further: “My late mother-in-law was into a lot of fetish things, she has plenty of juju, most of which are Idols. A lot of other women come together to worship them and she had a group which she leads.
“After my husband’s death, the family accused me of killing their brother, they summoned me before the elders and as God would have it they also called a prophetess to find out the cause of their brother’s death.
“I left Lagos to Akwa Ibom by road to go and answer the query with my two kids, a journey of about 17 hours on the road.
“It was God that saved me from their hands because I was innocent,” she lamented.
She further alleged that, “When they saw that the prophetess they invited declared me innocent, they started fighting me both physically and spiritually.
“They swore that I will die the same way their brother died, that it’s not only their family that will be at a loss of a son, that my family must lose me too,” she added.
She stated that she has since given her life to God. She added further that her husband’s relatives came for their properties. Specifically, her late husband’s brother, one Mr. George Ebong, said he wanted to take her late husband’s car and his personal belongings like clothes, shoes, and jewelry, insisting that he wanted to marry her as his second wife.
According to the brother-in-law, her late husband had promised to buy him and his wife a car and now that he is dead he wanted to carry his car.
“I then asked him what will I use to take care of the kids his brother left behind considering the fact that there is no money in his account.
“He answered saying that he doesn’t care if his brother left money for us or not and that his concern is that he wants the car and he must carry the car.
“I told him to come and carry the car for the sake of peace because they didn’t even allow me to mourn in peace. “He is making all these demands despite my husband having a son who with my help properly buried his father.
By right, all my late husband’s properties should go to my son,” she added. It was further revealed to her that her late husband’s brother insisted that Inemesit and her son bring the properties down to Akwa Ibom to him. “I later learned that if my in-law took those things by himself, there might be consequences.
“I told him I can’t bring the car for him in Akwa Ibom, he then said since I didn’t do as he said, I’m no longer a part of their family,” she said. “My brother-in-law Mr. George Ebong who on several occasions sexually harassed me, and his sister kept troubling me since my husband’s demise,” she alleged.
She continues: “Before I could understand what was happening George came to my house on a Sunday morning as I was preparing to go to church and forcefully took the car and everything away from me and left me and my sons, one of them with physical disabilities with nothing, stranded and frustrated.”
According to her, since they couldn’t have her husband till his death worship their deity or juju, they said it’s now the turn of the son who is even sick of autism to take over and become a priest to the deity.
“This is my reason for taking my family and running away from Akwa Ibom in the middle of the night,” she narrated. Inemesit has since been calling out for help from well-meaning Nigerians and human rights groups to come to her aide and rescue on the matter.”