04 August 2021 By Remi Johnson
A retiree in Abuja, Alhaji Usman Danladi Sule has been accused of manipulation to take custody of his late wife’s adopted child, aimed at carting away property worth over N100 million naira willed to her.
Alhaji Usman, a native of Okpo in Kogi state was said to have been married to late Hajiya Salamatu Shuaib Sule for almost 12 years, before her death without a biological child.
According to the younger sister of late Salamatu, Miriam Uyi who took the child adoption case to the Federal Capital Territory Administration Child Welfare Unit, her late sister’s husband never accepted the child while his wife was alive.
Miriam noted that the man who has four other wives with many children, opposed the child adoption idea by her late sister, with the claim that his Islamic faith does not support it.
She stressed that it was therefore a surprise to her as the man suddenly developed interest in the adopted child, because he wants to take over what was willed to her.
She further accused the man of physical and emotional abuse of the 7 year old girl.
According to her though an FCT Area Court had given the man custody of the girl, her life is in danger as the other children of the man did not welcome her into the family.
In tears, Miriam appealed to government to quickly take over the late woman’s property valued at over N100 Million, and keep same in trustee for the child.
” Please, and please, I’m appealing to Nigerians though judgement has been given, we don’t have power but we solicit the help of Nigerians and the Nigerian government, please come rescue this little child and all that my sister has laboured for… because if those things are left in the hands of those people that hated her, she will end up getting nothing… Miriam pleaded.
Meanwhile, the accused man has debunked the claims that he opposed the adoption of the child.
He explained that he supported his late wife and welcomed the child into his family.
The man who responded via the document he submitted to the court, said he has taken custody of the child to adequately care for her and ensure that the property left by his late wife for the adopted child was preserved.