FIRM'S EXPERIENCE

 

      UKEJE V. UKEJE
      • Solicitors to Mrs. Gladys Ada Ukeje, who filed an action against the deceased's wife and son before the Lagos State High Court wherein she claimed to be a daughter of the deceased and consequently sought to be included as an administrator of the deceased's estate.
      • The deceased died intestate in Lagos in 1981, thereafter, his wife and son obtained Letters of Administration for his Estate. The Plaintiff's (Mrs. Cladys Ada Ukeje) claims before the Lagos State High Court were for the following: 1. A declaration that as the daughter of the deceased, she was entitled to share in his estate. 2. An order that the grant of Letters of Administration made to the 1st & 2nd Defendants (wife and son) be revoked and declared null and void. 3. An order of injunction restraining the 1st & 2nd Defendants from administering the estate of the deceased. 4. An order that the 1st & 2nd Defendants prepare an inventory of the estate and render account of all the money, transactions and properties which came into their possession since the grant of the Letters of Administration. 5. An order that the grant of Letters of Administration be made to the Plaintiff and the 2nd Defendant.
          The Plaintiff relied on her birth certificate, Guarantors Form, judgment in her divorce case and photographs, to prove that she is the daughter of the deceased. The Defendants contended that the documents were not genuine. The trial Court found that the Plaintiff is a daughter of the deceased and thus was qualified to benefit from the Estate of the deceased.
            On Appeal, the Court of Appeal affirmed the decision of the trial Court and stated that:
              "...a birth certificate is conclusive proof that the person named therein was born on the date stated, and the parents are those spelt out in the document. Once the authorized Government official appends his signature and stamp on the document and such authentication is not contested by the adverse party the presumption of regularity will be ascribed to it..."
                On further appeal, the Supreme Court per Bode Rhodes - Vivour J.S.C upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal. In the judgment delivered on the 11th of April 2014, the Supreme Court held that:
                  "No matter the circumstance of the birth of a female child, such child is entitled to an inheritance from her late father's estate. Consequently, the Igbo customary law which disentitles a female child from partaking in the sharing of her deceased father's estate is in breach of section 42(1) and (2) of the Constitution, a fundamental rights provision guaranteed to every Nigerian. The said discriminatory customary law is void as it conflicts with section 42(1) and (2) of the Constitution." The appeal was dismissed.

                   

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