Morning Teaser: 'Help: My late husband's family accuse me of killing him'

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A depressed woman needs help

While Mabel is mourning the passing of her husband, his family is bent on making life more difficult for her by forcing her to swear to an oath of innocence.

"Dear Pulse,

My name is Mabel, a 30-year-old woman with four children. I am in a serious trouble at the moment because the family of my late husband is accusing me of killing him and want me to swear by their village shrine and drink the water used in bathing him.

I got married to Amaechi when I was 20-year-old and I must say that in the 10 years we spent together were the best years of my life because he did everything to make me happy.

Amaechi would go out of his way to make sure my family never lacked anything and took my aged mother as his own mother. In fact, he was my elder brother's best friend and business partner.

He did not joke with our children and even though he was not well educated, he made sure they attended the best schools and had lessons teachers for all of them.

He often joked that since he did not have the opportunity of going far in his education, his children must get to the highest level no matter what it took him.

Amaechi was my best friend, husband, lover, father and the only man that meant the world to me and our children.

But little did I know that all of these did not go down well with members of his family despite all he did for them. He was the most prominent man in his family and did not hold back when he could help them.

All of them ran to him for one financial assistance or the other to set up businesses, marriages, buy property, settle land disputes and many other stuff. He always told me about the needs of his people and I kept encouraging him to help them in any way he could.

So I keep wondering how his people will now turn around to accuse me of not allowing him to help them and instead of spending all his money on my family?

I remember when Amaechi told me that his community wanted to confer a chieftaincy title on him and I clearly told him never to take the title.

I had my fears because of the rites that would go with the title and told him not to accept it but he allayed my fears, saying his people loved him and would never harm him.

As usual, he had a superior argument and went for the ceremony but barely two months after coming back, Amaechi fell sick. I took him to our hospital for a test but nothing was detected.

We went to other hospitals but the results were the same but my husband was deteriorating and I had to take him to our church for prayers. It was the pastor that told us he was attacked spiritually and commenced on a special prayer and deliverance program for him.

But after all failed, I had to agree with his family members who said he should be brought home for traditional healing but my husband died on our way home.

Since he died, his family have been on my neck, first confiscating his properties and now are accusing me of killing him. How could I have killed my husband, I keep asking them?

Now, they say I must swear an oath in the village shrine as well as drink the water used in washing his body to prove my innocence.

One of Amaechi's cousins who has been my only supporter has told me never to swear at the shrine or drink the water because they want to use that to kill me and take over my husband's properties.

What do I do please?

Mabel."

Dear readers, you will agree that Mabel is in a serious dilemma here and needs advice from all. On Morning Teaser today, we want you to tell her what she should do.



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