Anambra State government has raised concerns on the case involving an Ozubulu man getting married to an under-aged girl in Anambra State, Ozubulu community. The said girl is only 16-year-old and is alleged to be pushed into the marriage with a 56-year-old man because her family is in an impoverished state. Read it here.
Anambra State Government through its Anambra State Ministry of Women and Children Affairs on Sunday, said that it has received a complaint about an underage marriage involving 16-year-old Chinwe, from Ihiala, and 56-year-old Mr Izuchukwu Igwilo a man from Ozubulu.
The ministry revealed that the girl and her baby is not in their custody yet, but progress has been made concerning the case. Lady Ndidi Mezue, the Commissioner, Anambra State Ministry of Women and Children Affairs said they ministry will pursue the case to a positive outcome.
Lady Ndidi Mezue said,
“The ministry is in contact with the girl’s family, Anambra Police and other interested parties in the matter including human rights activists,” the statement reads.
“The ministry’s utmost concern at this period is the safety and well-being of the young girl in question, as well as the well-being of her young child. As a result, the ministry has up till this time not made any press statement, granted any media interviews nor released any pictures concerning this matter, this is to protect the dignity and privacy of the innocent persons involved. We call on all those working on this case with us to toe the same line.
We can report at this time that considerable progress has been made on the matter and wish to state that the young girl in question is not yet in the custody of the ministry as reported on several social media platforms.
We wish to assure the public that in line with our mandate, and as can be seen in previous social welfare interventions undertaken by the Ministry, we will pursue this particular case towards achieving a satisfactory and positive outcome.”