- 16-year-old girl who was rescued from child marriage attracts government’s attention
- Anambra state government released a statement revealing that her case is being investigated
- The government also asked Nigerian’s to respect her privacy while the case is being investigated
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the 16-year-old girl who was married to a 56-year-old man was rescued from the clutches of marriage. The teenager’s case has now attracted the attention of the Anambra state government.
The state government released a press statement addressing the matter. It was released by the ministry of women and children affairs in Anambra and it stated that the ministry is currently looking into the case.
In the press release signed by Lady Ndidi Mezue, it was stated that the ministry would collaborate with several parties and organisations for a swift resolution to the matter.
It stated that the ministry had received a complaint about the 16-year-old girl identified as Chinwe who was married to a 56-year-old man identified as Izuchukwu Igwilo.
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The ministry further urged Nigerians to give Chinwe who is also a nursing mother privacy while the case is being investigated. It noted that the ministry's utmost concern is her well-being and that of her child.
According to the ministry, the teenager has not been brought into the custody of the ministry.
Read statement below:
"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."
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