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Son asks court to bar woman from parading as father’s widow

The first son of former Senate President, Mr Joseph Oladipo Wayas has, through his lawyers, written to the Registrar of Grade A Customary Court, Nyanya Judicial Division, to bar one Catherine Ishiaka Ayim from parading herself either as a widow of late Joseph Wayas or representative of his father’s estate.

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His lawyers, Shittu Saheed Danshitta, Esq and Awal Nasir of Lawseed and Partners, signed the letter on behalf of Joe Wayas Jr.

Wayas Jr claimed in the letter that the said Catherine, whom he insisted was not married to his late father, has presented herself as representative of the late Wayas’ estate to the Secretary to the Government of Federation and Secretary to Government of Cross River State, collecting humongous amounts towards the funeral of late Senate President whose body was left in a London morgue since 15 months ago.

He called on the woman to account for all the money she has used his father’s name to collect illegally from federal and state governments as well as from his friends.

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In the letter, he averred that only his mother, Mary Abiola Aina Wayas, who also died a few months after his father, was legally married to his dad, according to native laws and customs, adding that his mother gave his dad five children.

He prayed that as the first son, he should be recognised to handle arrangements for his father’s burial according to the tradition and customs of the Bayabo community.

“My father legally married my mother, late Mary Abiola Aina Wayas, under the Marriage Act. [The] certificate of marriage [is] available. My mother gave my late father five children. She passed away 15 days after the demise of my father.

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“One Catherine Ayim has illegally occupied my late father’s property in Abuja, not allowing me, the first son and heir, to access confidential documents. She merely associated with my late father during his lifetime but was never married. She is parading herself as the representative of the Wayas family to the Cross River State Government, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and other persons.

“Wayas Jr, therefore, seeks an order of perpetual injunction against Catherine to stop parading herself as wife or widow of late Wayas, and should not use the name Wayas, and should also not claim ownership of Wayas’properties.”

Meanwhile, xandertech learnt that Wayas Jr has proposed a burial date to Governor Ben Ayade, praying that it should be done before he leaves office on 29 May 2023.

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