Court of Appeal Dismisses Ex-Husband’s Bid for Joint Ownership of Abuja Property with Nigeria’s Former Envoy

Taiwo Ajayi
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The Court of Appeal in Abuja has dismissed an appeal brought by Jude Chidiebere, the former husband of Nigeria’s envoy to Argentina, Chikerenwa Cordelia Anyatonwu, regarding joint ownership of a property in Abuja.

In a judgement delivered by Justice Okon Abang on Monday, the appeal was dismissed for lack of merit. Chidiebere had sued his former wife, claiming that a property in Kubwa, Abuja, belonged to their matrimonial family and sought an order for her to share rental income since 2013.

However, the High Court judge, Justice Abubakar Idris Kutigi, dismissed the joint ownership claims, stating that Chidiebere did not provide credible evidence. Unsatisfied, Chidiebere appealed to the Court of Appeal, alleging a miscarriage of justice.

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Justice Abang upheld the High Court’s decision, noting that documents from the Federal Capital Development Authority only listed Chikerenwa Cordelia Anyatonwu’s name. He also mentioned that Chidiebere failed to prove a legitimate source of income to purchase the property.

The Court disagreed with Chidiebere’s claim of joint ownership, stating that signing a tenancy agreement was insufficient to prove ownership. Justice Abang affirmed the High Court’s judgement, ruling in favor of Chikerenwa Cordelia Anyatonwu’s sole ownership of the property.

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