By Ajibola Abayomi,
December 14, 2018.
Crusaders against child marriage (CRACMN) of Nigeria have raised the alarm over attempt on life one of its member, Mrs Oluwatoyin Yoosuf by some suspected assassins.
Speaking in Lagos, the Director of Research of CRACMN, Dr Emmanuel Kunle during a media parley with newsmen pleaded for protection police protection for the family of Mrs Oluwatoyin.
He said the woman was forced to flee the country in 2016 after her advocacy on child marriage pitched against some influential religious and traditional interests in Nasarawa state.
“She had engaged one 68 years old Alhaji Zani Yusuf over his desperation to take an eight year old girl (name with) as wife after negotiating dowry with her father, Malam Gombul Dauda.
“Irked by the development, forces loyal to the Alhaji within Toto, a suburb in Nasarawa state threatened to kill Oluwatoyin and kidnapped her daughter.
“The incident forced her to relocate to Lagos before she traveled out in 2016 owing series of threats on her life” CRACMN Director of Research said.
However, despite leaving the country Kunle noted that the suspected assailants were yet to let alone Oluwatoyin family members.
He said the group gathered recently that Oluwatoyi’s husband and her two children narrowly escaped being lynched by some suspected assassins who after taking away her family pictures set ablaze their home in Lagos.
While calling on the police authority to unravel those behind the incident, CRACMN said its members would not be deterred on advocacy against child marriage.