Female circumcision: Oyo family bemoans members’ disappearance

The Abass family of Iseyin local government area of Ibadan, Oyo state, has announced the disappearance of Mrs Abass Oluwatoyin and her daughter, Cristabel Abass.

In a statement made available to Blueprint Weekend in Abuja Friday, Oluwatoyin’s husband, Mr Tajudeen Abass, said his wife and daughter disappeared from their Lagos home in 2014, after the former vehemently opposed the idea of their daughter being subjected to a traditional circumcision exercise by his family.

He said the family made publications in December 2017, but nothing was heard about them and that the family “hopes information from members of the public can help in unravelling the mystery behind their disappearance, as it is mandatory to bring Cristabel to Ibadan to perform the tradition circumcision.”

“Despite carrying out series of searches through the mass media, hospital and mortuary, there is no clue yet on their whereabouts. It is important for Oluwatoyin to bring Cristabel to Ibadan for circumcision this year, because her absconding since 2014 has caused the family many calamities. Therefore, anyone with relevant information is urged to contact the nearest police station,” he said in the statement.

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