25 Jun 2016

Woman Flees with Her 3 Children Over Circumcision Threat

For refusing to get her children circumcised, Victoria Ijeoma Akinsanya has been forced to abscond her Festac town, Lagos, residence, to an unknown destination, Vanguard reports. Victoria hails from Imo State but her in-laws are from Itoko in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

It is the custom of the Akinsanyas to initiate their male child and circumcise the female child. A family source told Vanguard that failure to do so may cause deaths and premature deaths in the family. Some old women suspected to be members of Akinsanya visited to carry out the rites but met the ire of Victoria.

Family members at various times visited and appealed to the Njokus to get Victoria and her children circumcised according to their tradition, but the appeal fell on deaf ears as Victoria and her children took to their heels for safety.

It was gathered that the Akinsanya family said it is a taboo for any member of their family to remain uncircumcised and as a result, Victoria and her children risk ancestral problems for disobeying their deity. Presently Victoria’s whereabouts is unknown.

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