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Attorney-General Directs IGP, Police CID to Conduct Probe Into Gborbu Wulomor’s Marriage to 12-Year-Old

The Office of the Attorney-General has asked the Inspector-General of Police, and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Police Service to conduct investigations into Saturday’s incident of the marriage between a 63-year-old Ga priest and a 12-year-old girl.

Deputy Attorney-General, Diana Asonaba Dapaah wrote in a letter today, April 2, saying that should the investigations confirm the celebration of a marriage between the  Nuumo Borketey Laweh Tsuru XXXIII, and the 12-year-old girl, then her office would proceed with prosecution.

“We would appreciate it if you could cause your outfit to conduct the necessary investigation of the alleged child marriage to enable our Office to do the needful,” the letter addressed to the IGP and the Director-General of the CID read.

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The Nungua Gborbu Wulomo and any of the actors involved in the Saturday ceremony could face sanctions (either a fine or prison term) as sections 14 and 15 of the Children’s Act 1998 (Act 560) speak against forced betrothal and marriage.

Ahead of the AG’s letter, Madina MP and human rights lawyer, Francis Sosu had filed a petition with the CID, calling for arrests and prosecution.

Amidst the public backlash, the Ga Dangme Council has come to defend the ceremony, saying it was a mere betrothal and therefore has no legal implication.

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