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12-Year-Old Child Bride to Nungua Gborbu Wulomo and Mother Under Police Protection

The police service says it's investigating the issue with the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection and the Department of Social Welfare.

The Ghana Police Service says it has located and placed under its protection, a 12-year-old girl who over the weekend was married to the Gborbu Wulomo of Nungua, Nuumo Borketey Laweh Tsuru XXXIII (63) as a customary wife.

The service says it’s investigating the issue with the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection and the Department of Social Welfare.

“The girl and her mother are currently under Police protection,” a statement from the police said.

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Since news broke about the issue, it has sparked outrage across social media, with many citizens calling on the Ghana Police and the sector ministry to take action.

While the Gborbu Wulomo has defended the incident on the basis of custom and traditions, with allies saying it’s biblical, it is illegal to marry a child under Ghana’s laws – both the 1992 Constitution and the 1998 Children’s Act set the legal age for marriage at 18 for both girls and boys.

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