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Woman Raises Alarm as Community Persecute Sister Over FGM

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By woman, has raised alarm over the persecution of her sister Mrs. Sarah Oluwakemi Amawu-Charles on her stance against the circumcision of her twin daughters by Evbuobonosa community  in Orhionwon Local government area of Edo state, 

Speaking with our Correspondent on phone, Mrs. Olaiya Olutimenyi lamented how the community has caused the family of Mrs. Amawu-Charles untold hardship as she resists compliance with the act of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) which is a common rite of passage for female children in the community. 

According to her, the search for safety has caused her sister to flee and stay away from the community with her daughters and a son for a safe haven thereby causing a separation and anguish for the entire family. 

Narrating the ordeal facing her sister, she said that at the birth of the twins, it was expected by tradition that the two girls must be circumcised but the mother in agreement with the husband refused to bow to the traditional rite of passage which they considered to be a health hazard for girls.

“Although the family had a reprieve for a while, the community was relentless in their demand and when the girls turned ten, the pressure became unbearable for the family and they had to flee  and stay away to save their lives.” Mrs. Olutimenyi said.

Continuing, Mrs. Olutimenyi said that their family is experiencing severe challenges of living happily as one because of the stress caused by the separation of members.

Explaining that it is difficult for her to understand why such a barbaric, inhuman and harmful traditional practices are still promoted, Mrs. Olutimenyi said she feels that so many traditional institutions are not listening to the campaign to stop FGM.

Emphasisng that she is speaking in pains of someone who is experiencing the hazards of separation, she said she is calling for help from all who can offer it to ensure that the family can know the peace it has hitherto enjoyed.

 “I know that a lot of communities find the transition from old practices very difficult. I can see that there is more work to be done in seeing to the safety of the girl child in this community where the belief of Mrs. Amawu-Charles has made her to be considered a strange woman and her life being endangered. But I am confident that there will come a time when this belief in FGM will become an issue in the dustbin of culture.

Then girls and their families who opposed the practice will find peace to live together.” She said.

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17-Year-Old Kwara Student Allegedly Commits Suicide Over Exam Failure

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A 17-year-old student of Offa Grammar School, Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State, identified as Adegoke Adeyemi, has allegedly committed suicide following his failure to gain promotion to the next class in his school.

Police sources said the student, who was found hanging on a tree, resorted to taking his life after failing to pass his promotion examination from SS1 to SS2.

Police Public Relations Officer of the Kwara Command, Okasanmi Ajayi,  in a statement in Ilorin on Wednesday night, said the senior secondary school student was asked to repeat the class but was ashamed and took his life.

 “The victim, who was later identified as Adegoke Adeyemi ‘M’ aged 17years, a student of Offa grammar school, was believed to have hanged himself as a result of his failure to pass his promotion examination from SS1 to SS 2, which necessitated his being asked to repeat the class,” the statement read.

“Information was received by the Divisional Police Officer, Offa, at about 15:34 hours of 2/8/2022 to the effect that, a boy’s lifeless body was seen hanging on a tree behind Ariya garden hotel, Offa. A team of policemen from the divisional headquarters was swiftly drafted to the scene.

“The corpse of the deceased student was removed from a tree behind Ariya Garden Hotel, Offa, by a team of policemen from the Divisional Police Headquarters, Offa, at about 15.34 hours on Tuesday.

“The corpse was taken to the Offa General Hospital for autopsy, while an investigation has been launched into the matter.”

Meanwhile, the police PRO said the Command made a breakthrough in the arrest of one notorious cultist on the wanted list of the anti-cultism team at ACE Supermarket, Unity Road, when it accosted the cultist named Monday Ojoagbu.’

The wanted cult suspect and other members of his gang were said to be on a mission to carry out another gruesome attack on a yet-to-be-identified target.

While others escaped, the police spokesman said the leader was apprehended by the police at the supermarket where they were traced at about 6 pm on Tuesday.

He added: “In an attempt to arrest the suspect, while also avoiding likely collateral damage in the process of the arrest, it was difficult to simultaneously arrest the other members of his gang who escaped using customers of the supermarket as shields.

“Investigation of the matter is ongoing. One locally-made pistol and two live cartridges were recovered from the suspect.”

He said efforts are in progress to arrest his fleeing accomplices, reiterating the commitment of the Commissioner of Police in the state, Tuesday Assayomo, to rid the north-central state of criminal activities.

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