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Group Berates Community Over FGM

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A Non-Governmental Organisation, Friends for Women and Children, has raised alarm over the continued practice of women circumcision in many parts of Cross River State, especially, Ugep in Yakurr Local Government Area.
Secretary of the organisation, Mrs Anthonia Eniang, while speaking to newsmen yesterday, said at a time Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is becoming unfashionable in Nigeria, owing to the intensive campaign against the repulsive practice, Ugep and its surrounding communities still embrace the backward culture.
The Secretary, who disclosed that their organisation was on sensitisation programme in the area, on the dangers and negative implications of the practice on the female child explained that many women had undergone one sort of trauma or another as a result of being put through the experience of FGM.
According to her, female genital mutilation, which the people see as part of their culture is capable of denying a woman a fulfilled marital life.
“In most cases, women, who underwent genital mutilation see themselves being turned into a nymphomaniac or becoming frigid, thereby experiencing scarred sexual life, even in marriage.
“It is also an easy way of contracting serious infections which can lead to death, as a result of the crude manner and poor sanitary condition of the environment where the process is usually carried out”’ she said.
Mrs Eniang further lamented that the practice often leads to the death of many women due to over bleeding. She urged the traditional authorities, governmental agencies and advocacy groups to rise up against the archaic practice and save the girl – child of the area from the harrowing experiences associated with FGM.
“FGM belongs to the past, in fact, the practice belongs to the dark ages and it has been proven that women are better off, more productive and emotionally stable with her genitals intact as provided by nature”, she added.
The Secretary expressed regret that the practice has become a sore thumb in the area as regards marriage and inter-marriage between young men from the area and women from other cultures.
She recalled the story of one young man, an heir to the throne of one of the five communities in Ugep who has been forced out of the community because his wife, who hails from Delta State, was being pressured for circumcision, even as an adult.
According to her, the woman, who has had miscarriages thrice was told to undergo circumcision by the people, apparently, linking her misfortune to not being circumcised as their culture demands. Now, the Prince and his wife are on the run, obviously for fear of their safety.
She further frowned at other negative practices against women, like one Mrs Nkoyo, who lost her two children and husband and was made to sleep with the husband’s corpse for days. She was also forced to drink the water washed out from the body to prove her innocence.
In addition, she noted that Akpat Central and Adim communities are equally guilty of these negative cultural practices women undergo in their passage to womanhood, which have seen many of them plagued by different diseases.
Mrs Eniang called on the Police and traditional authorities within the area to help preserve the right and health of the girl-child.

 

Gabriel Nwanetanya

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Ex-APGA Scribe, Obasi, Petitions IGP Over Alleged Assassination Attempt

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Former Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Jerry Obasi, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, over alleged attempt on his life by suspected hired assassins in Ebonyi State.
Obasi in a statement, yesterday, said he was trailed from Nkalagu in Ishielu Council Area of the state by an unmarked, white commuter Hiace bus with tinted glasses last Sunday night while returning from a meeting alleging that  the aim was to assassinate him.
He said when he noticed that his life was in danger, he sped up and meandered through different roads immediately he got to Abakaliki, to keep away from the view of those who stalked him.
The ex-APGA scribe said he rode in his Mercedes S-Class and that the suspected assassins immediately followed suit, turning the exercise into a car race of sort to the amazement of onlookers.
Obasi  alleged that Ebonyi State governor, Chief David Umahi, has a hand in his ordeal for holding strong opinions against  his administration.
“Earlier before this ugly and ill-fated incident of 26 July, 2020, I had received information about an imminent attack on me by Ebonyi State governor’s boys. I called one of the leaders of the boys and he promised to call me for us to meet the following day which didn’t happen. The next thing I saw was this attempt on my life,” Obasi said.
Governor Umahi who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media, Francis Nwaze, dismissed the allegations as baseless. He said the governor  has never sent any of his appointees or supporters to attack anyone, let alone with the intention to kill.

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Community Policing: Shun Compromise, Monarch Charges PCAC Members

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The Paramount Ruler/ Nye Nwe Eli, Rumuogba, Eze Temple Ejekwu, has charged members of the Police Community Advisory Committee (PCAC) not to compromise, if they are prepared for the task.
Ejekwu gave the charge during the inauguration of the committee at Mini Okoro Police Station, recently in Rumuogba, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The Eze Ogba Iji- Nu -Ede, said that the charge became imperative in order to keep the aim of the committee alive.
Dedication and commitment he said are other values the PCAC members must possess, in an attempt to achieve the mission and vision behind the creation of the outfit.
According to him, the creation of the committee would help in no small measure in curbing crime in the rural areas, as its members are grassroot based.
Dr Ejekwu also called on members of the public to feel free and provide useful information to the police and PCAC members and added that crime fighting should be viewed as everyone’s responsibility.
“Security is not one person’s job, so members of the public must provide useful and timely information for the police and PCAC, if they want the group to succeed”, he said.
On the security level of the state, he rated the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike high going by the relative peace enjoyed in the state.
He further charged the committee members to work in line with Governor Wike’s vision to enthrone business friendly environment that would attract permanent investors in the area.
Meanwhile, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Mini Okoro Police Station, CSP Opayemi Olufunke Isi has reassured members of the public of the police determination to rid the public of crime and thanked the monarch to support for the police.

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Bayelsa Promises To Curb Gender-Based Violence, Child Abuse

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The Bayelsa State Government has promised to curb all forms of social violence against women and the maltreatment of children in the state.
Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Women,Children and Social Development, Mrs Ayi Ujile stated this during an interview with The Tide in Yenagoa.
She maintained that recently, women through the support of NGOs,women professional bodies and faith based organisations had had to stage protests across various states in the nation to register their grievances against the wanton social Violence’s meted out to them by men in their respective domains.
According to the permanent secretary, following government’s resolve to ending these ill treatments facing women of all age brackets in the state, successive administrations had made concerted efforts in bringing those infringing on women’s rights to book.
Speaking against the backdrop of violation of children’s rights, she mentioned that with the domestication of the Child rights act by the State Assembly last year maltreatment of children and wards will soon be history.
She stressed that the State owned Orphanage home is functioning ultimately, just as she stated that the administrators of the orphanage in consultation with appropriate government ministries had also rescued new born babies from their insane mothers in the streets of the state.
“We’re more than ever willing to stop the menace of social violence against women in this state”, she said.
“We’re aware that very presently women of the state joined their peers from other States to replicate same protest against rape, sexual harassment and other ills meted out to women”, she added.

 

 

Ariwera Ibibo-Howells,Yenagoa.

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