Stepfather drags children to court over house


The court rejected a document filed by the man.

A 60-year-old man, Sule Mohammad, on Wednesday dragged his four stepchildren to court over ownership of a house.

Mr. Mohammed, who went to Magajin Gari Sharia Court I, Kaduna, claimed that he made part payment for the five-room house in 2007 and was seeking to complete the payment when the four siblings denied knowledge of the transaction.

According to him, he bought the house at the cost of N470, 000 and made part payment of N100, 000 to the mother of the children, who is his wife.

Mr. Mohammad, who resides at Rigasa area of the city, urged the court to intervene and compel the children to honour the agreement.

He tendered a letter, purported to have been the agreement for the sale of the house.

The accused, Rabiu, Fatima, Ruqayya and Yusuf Mohammed, who inherited the house from their late father, denied knowledge of the transaction.

Rabiu, who represented them in court, said they were neither consulted nor did they participate in the transaction, adding that their mother has no share in the house.

The presiding officer, Khadi Usman Abubakar, rejected the letter presented by the complainant as proof of the purported transaction and ordered him to come along with those involved in the deal on the next adjourned date.

He also ordered the four step children to be present in court on July 3, for continuation of hearing.


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