02.04.2024 Human Rights

Arrest Wulomo for child marriage – Sosu runs to CID

Arrest Wulomo for child marriage – Sosu runs to CID
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A Human Rights lawyer and MP for Madina, Francis-Xavier Sosu has petitioned the Director General of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to arrest, investigate and prosecute Gborbu Wulomo for marrying for marrying a 12-year-old child Naa Okromo.

The traditional ceremony held on Saturday, March 30, 2024, in Nungua between Nuumo Borketey Laweh XXXIII, known as the Gborbu Wulomo and the young girl, Naa Okromo, has since gone viral.

In defense of his actions, the Gborbu Wulomo claimed that the girl would not be required to fulfill any marital duties including sex but to perform traditional rites according to their customs.

However, lawyer Sosu is not enthused.
According to the lawmaker, “the conduct of the Wulomo constitute a breach of both local and international laws on child care and protection and the said conduct is criminal.”

He explained that Ghana is a signatory to several international conventions that abhors child bethrotals and marriages. In particular, he requested that the CID boss averts his mind to Article 16(2) of the universal declaration of human rights which states that “marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses”.

It is in light of the foregoing that Mr Sosu has prayed the CID boss to exercise his powers of arrest, investigations including potential defilement and prosecution in the defence and protection of this innocent child.