FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION: 2 FEMALE UNDERGRADUATES HOSPITALISED

Two students of the Ebonyi State University (EBSU) are currently battling
for their lives at the National Obstetrics Fistula Centre (NOFIC), Abakaliki after undergoing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
This is even as three persons, including a patent medicine dealer and parents of a girl, have been arrested in Ukwuagba, Ngbo community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state for mutilating a 16-year-old girl, Charity in the area which also left her hospitalised.
The state’s Violence Against Persons Prohibition(VAPP) Law stipulates four years imprisonment with or without N200,000 option of  fine against perpetrators of FGM if convicted.
Those arrested are; Mrs. Onwe Oluchi, the patent medicine dealer, Mr. Agbo Ekpa, Charity’s father and her mother Mary.
They were arrested following a petition by the Legal Department of the state branch of the National Orientation Agency (NOA).
Head of the Legal Department of the Agency, Barr. Theresa Ama had petition the state Commissioner of Police Awosola Awotinde after receiving a report from a traditional ruler in Ohaukwu Local
Government on the girl who was mutilated.
On Thursday, the state Director of the Agency, Dr. Emma Abah confirmed the development while addressing students of Urban Model Comprehensive Girls Secondary School, Ugwuachara, Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State during this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance against FGM.

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