By Rotimi Agbana
Kemi Olaniyan, the sister of an Ibadan based fashion designer, Mr Oluwasegun Ayodeji Adeneye, has raised the alarm that her brother’s in-laws were threatening to kill him and his immediate family over his refusal to allow them perform the traditional rites of circumcision on his daughter, Brenda Adeneye, a practice they claim was culturally and traditionally acceptable in their family.
In an interview with Vanguard, Kemi Olaniyan who gave account of what led to the threats said Oluwasegun and his immediate family are currently on the run for the safety of their lives because his in-law’s community in Ekiti have threatened to wipe out his family should he stop them from performing the traditional rites which has since exceeded the stipulated time.
“On the 10th of May, 2018, the wife’s community sent hoodlums to our family house at 32, Odutola road, Oke-Ado, Ibadan, over my brother’s refusal to allow them circumcise their daughter, Brenda Adeneye. They threatened to kill them because it’s a taboo already as they have refused to present Brenda for circumcision. They have refused to heed their warnings because the practice is against their religious beliefs but they keep mounting pressure on them to succumb to their will”, she said.
Speaking further, she said her brother was afraid of reporting the matter to the police because he was scared of being harmed by the wife’s community. Adeneye’s neighbours who witnessed the attack said the hoodlums who stormed the house at about 5 am were armed with machetes and had charms on their bodies.