Police reports disappearance of Oyo family members over circumcision




The Akanni family of Beere in Ibadan South-east local government area of Oyo state has lamented the disappearance of their family members, including Mr. Abiodun Akanni, who allegedly “disappeared” with his wife, Mrs. Shakirat Abdulrazak, their two daughters, Zainab Akanni and Sekinat Akanni, in 2016, “after refusing to bring their daughters to the shrine to undergo circumcision.”

In a police report made available to Blueprint in Abuja Sunday (with Ref No: NPF/DUGBE/NIG/VOL.IV/55799), signed by the Divisional Police Officer of Orile-Dugbe, Oshogbo, Osun state, ACP Michael Nwachukwu, on August 19, 2019, a member of the family, Chief Liadi Adegboyega of No.10 Liadi Street, Oshogbo, Osun state, alleged that Mr and Mrs Akanni have remained incommunicado since 2016.

The report reads in part: “The entire family of Akanni of Beere in Ibadan South-East local government area of Oyo state, is making another announcement on the missing of Mr. Abiodun Akanni, who suddenly disappeared with his wife, Mrs. Shakirat Abdulrazak and their daughters, Zainab Akanni and Sekinat Akanni.

“They disappeared in 2016, when the family demanded for their daughters to go through female genital circumcision, as required by the family. They vehemently refused to bring their daughters to Beere, Ibadan to fulfill our tradition of circumcising our female children. Despite carrying out series of searches through the mass media, police stations and public hospitals, there is no clue yet on their whereabouts.

“It is mandatory for their daughters to go through the female genital circumcision process as soon as possible; as required by the family. We are also asking the general public that whoever has any useful information regarding their whereabouts should contact the head of the family or take them to the nearest police station.”

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