In Nigeria, it is an offence to subject a widow to any of the following:

1. Stripping widow naked;

2. Forcing widow to take any concoction;

3. Forcing widow to wear leaves;

4. Forcing widow to wear black clothing;

5. Confinement to the house;

6. Forcing widow to marry any husband’s relative;

7. Denial of inheritance;

8. Sleeping with husband’s corpse overnight;

9. Drinking of water collected after bathing the corpse. ETC

Imprisonment for 2 years or fine of N500,000.

See section 15 and 46 of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act.

Arome Abu is the Managing Partner of TCLP.

CAVEAT: Note that this information is provided for general enlightenment purposes and is not intended to be any form of legal advice.

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