Oyo families decry disappearance of members over annual circumcision

The Olanrewaju family of Aba Ibadan in Iseyin district of Iseyin local government area of Oyo state has lamented the  disappearance of their family members, including Mr Olugbuyi Olanrewaju, his wife, Mrs Mojisola Adeyi and their daughter, Semilore Olanrewaju, since 2011.

In a statement made available to Blueprint in Abuja Friday, a member of the family, Chief Durojaiye Olanrewaju, alleged that Mr and Mrs Olugbuyi Olanrewaju disappeared with their daughter after refusing to bring the latter to the village for “a mandatory annual circumcision exercise”.

He said: “All efforts to bring Semilore to Aba Ibadan for circumcision have proved abortive from 2011 till date. As this year’s event is approaching on June 22nd, we appeal for Semilore to be brought to undergo the circumcision, as required by the family’s tradition, custom and belief. Whoever has any useful information regarding them should contact Chief Durojaiye Olanrewaju at Olanrewaju’s compound in Aba Ibadan, Oyo state.”

Similarly, 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 chat with this reporter, 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 her husband’s family.

He said that the family made publications in December 2017, but nothing was heard about them and that the family hopes information from members of the public could 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 whereabout. 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.

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