INHERITANCE RIGHTS OF WIDOWS
Under customary law in all parts of Edo State, a widow cannot inherit in the intestate estate of her deceased husband. As noted earlier on, the widow is in fact regarded as part of the estate to be inherited by the son or relative.
However with regard to a widow of a customary law marriage, on the intestacy of the husband, she is disinherited completely under the various customary laws in the country despite any contributions she might have made to the man’s success.
No system of customary law in Nigeria confers a beneficial right in a widow in the deceased husband’s estate except indirect benefits through her children’s rights, if any. In fact she herself is property to be inherited.