Kenyan Court Declares Being Housewife a Full-time Payable Job

A Kenyan High Court judge, Teresia Matheka has declared that being a housewife is a full-time job that should attract some form of compensation, according to a report by TopNaija.

A housewife is a woman whose work is running or managing her family’s home—caring for her children; buying, cooking, and storing food for the family; buying goods that the family needs for everyday.

The judge who was presiding over a matrimonial property dispute, said that it is unfair for courts to rule that housewives do not contribute anything to the financial progress of the family.

The complainant is said to be a divorced lady who sought to have their family property sold and the money shared equally between her and her ex-husband.

The Judge stated that housewives should not say they don’t work since they provide services in the home that are otherwise outsourced and paid for. She added that it is unfair to only rely on seen income and the mindset that one has to contribute money to the marriage to find value.

Matheka said; “It is easy for the spouse working away from home and sending money to lay claim to the whole property purchased and developed with that money by the spouse staying at home and taking care of the children and the family. That spouse will be heard to say that the other one was not employed so they contributed nothing.

“Raising children is a full-time job that families pay a person to do. Cooking and cleaning as well. Hence, for a woman in employment who has to balance childbearing and rearing this contribution must be considered.”

The judge also urged her counterparts to consider the 9 months of pregnancy when presiding over cases of matrimonial disputes. She opined that carrying a pregnancy is equivalent to working, noting that some couples have lately resorted to hiring surrogate mothers to bear children for them.

Passing judgement on the case brought before her, Matheka ruled that the property be sold and money shared equally, or one of the spouses buy out the other party by paying half the value of the property that the party is entitled to.

Arbitrary Detention: ASF France Secures Freedom for 3 Victims

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

As part of its efforts in promoting the enjoyment of Human Rights in Nigeria, Avocats Sans Frontières France (ASF France), has successfully enforced the fundamental human rights of three victims of arbitrary detention in Lagos state.

The victims are beneficiaries of ASF France’s pro bono legal aid, on the wings of the European Union and AFD funded “Strengthening the National Actors Capacities and Advocation for Ending Severe Human Rights Violations in Nigeria project” (SAFE) project.

The freed detainees are Mr. Ifekoya S, Mr Kola A and Mr. Adewale who were arbitrarily detained for over 8 years, with Mr. Kola spending the most (over 9 years) in arbitrary detention.

Mr. Adewale was accused of being in possession of a missing child and couldn’t afford the finances required to process his bail, thus he was transferred to SARS Office at Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja and was then charged with armed robbery and remanded in custody without any appearance in Court.

Similarly, in the case of Mr. Ifekoya, who was accused of failure to prevent a felony, he was then remanded in Kirikiri Medium Security Custodial Centre since 2012.

The third detainee, Mr. Kola, was also remanded in the same custody since 2012 without trial until ASF France’s intervention.

ASF France also known as Lawyers Without Borders, tendered separate applications to the Lagos State High Court on behalf of the 3 detainees, particularly seeking for the unconditional or conditional release, citing the violation of their fundamental human rights, their rights to personal liberty and freedom of movement, provided under the sections 35 and 41 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.

All three applications were successful at the Lagos State High Court. In one of the judgments delivered by the Judge, Justice O.O. Abike-Fadipe, she said “No amount of money can compensate for 8 years of one’s life.”

While commending the Judges for the Rulings, Angela Uwandu, the Head of Office of Avocats Sans Frontières France said, “no justice system should subject anyone to 8 years awaiting trial. It is simply a failure of the system and a gross violation of the rights of citizens.”
She said the arbitrariness of these detentions entitles the victims to a remedy and it is what the ASF France legal team has achieved in this case.

“Avocats Sans Frontières France celebrates these victories, and recognizes them as a step forward for rule of law and human rights protection in Nigeria.”, Mrs. Uwandu said.

The SAFE project is co-funded by the European Union (EU) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), and is being implemented by Avocats Sans Frontières France in Nigeria, in partnership with the Nigerian Bar Association and the Carmelite Prisoners’ Interest Organization.

Appointment of Prof. Fasina as VC FUOYE: Rights Group Drags Education Minister, NUC, Others to Court Over

Human rights organization, Tableland Society for the oppressed has dragged the Honourable Minister of Education, Chairman National University Commission (NUC) Chairman Governing council and Registrar of Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FOUYE) to Federal High Court, Abuja over the appointment of Professor Abayomi Sunday Fasina as FUOYE Vice Chancellor.

The plaintiff in the case with suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/250/2021 which also has Prof. Fasina as defendant also is seeking an Order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants whether by themselves, agents , officers, aides, appointees or whomsoever and however otherwise from recognising and dealing with Professor Fasina as Vice Chancellor of Federal University Oye-Ekiti.

Also sought is an Order of perpetual injunction restraining Professor Fasina from parading himself as or acting in the capacity of Vice Chancellor of Federal University Oye- Ekiti, and an Order declaring his appointment as Vice Chancellor of Federal University Oye-Ekiti as null,void and of no effect whatsoever and in his place the most qualified to be the Vice Chancellor of Federal University Oye-Ekiti be appointed accordingly.

The NGO is also alternatively seeking an Order directing a fresh and transparent exercise devoid of discrimination, partiality, prejudice in the appointment of the Vice Chancellor of the institution.

The grounds upon which the relief were sought include that the 6th defendant Professor Abayomi Sunday Fasina was indicted by the committee set up by Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti for collecting double salary from both Ekiti State University Ado-Ekiti and Federal University Oye-Ekiti.

“That section 42 of the Constitution has been violated by the appointment of the 6th Defendant (Professor Fasina) who failed the selection interview organized and that the Defendants have all endorsed and unjustly conferred the position of the Vice Chancellor on Professor Fasina who is not qualified at the expense of qualified candidates purely on the basis of discrimination.

” That Professor Abayomi Sunday Fasina was the worst candidate at the interview but was unjustly favoured by the Chairman Governing council of the University contrary to section 2: 14C of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti Regulations governing the condition of Service of senior staff.

Copy of the originating summons signed by Morris Odeh Esq the lead counsel to the plaintiff was obtained by newsmen after the case was mentioned before His Lordship, Justice Iyang Ekwo who adjourned the case till the 14th April, 2021 for continuation of hearing on the matter.

It would also be recalled that the Tableland society for the oppressed has equally petitioned the independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on the subject matter.