By Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta
The Ogun Commissioner for Woman Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Elizabeth Sonubi has warned that the state government would prosecute anyone involved in female genital mutilation.
The commissioner said this in Abeokuta during a news conference to celebrate the ’16 days activism on the elimination of gender-based violence’ with the theme ‘Let us challenge militarism and end violence against women’
According to Sonubi, offenders are liable to one year imprisonment.She said, “Female genital mutilation and female circumcision prohibition law is in force in the state”.
She further stated that the law was aimed at preventing anyone from mutilating the female genital in any manner.
“Ogun is committed to ensuring that its citizens are protected against gender-based violence, thus the proposal of the Domestic Violence Prohibition Bill 2014,” Sonubi said.
The commissioner explained that female genital mutilation was a common and harmful traditional practice on women and girls.