A 15- year – old girl has fled from her home town in Plateau State to Ekiti State to escape a marriage allegedly organised by her father .
The Publicity Secretary of the Federation of Women Lawyers in Ekiti State , Lola Aluko , said the minor fled on Thursday , September 17, 2020, to stay with her brother, identified as Adamu , to avoid the marriage .
Aluko , in a statement titled , ‘ Teenager flees home in an attempt to escape child marriage ’ and made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti on Monday , said the victim later reported at the group ’ s office on September 22.
She said , “ Calls were put through to her brother, requesting him to be present at a scheduled meeting on September 23, 2020 .
The girl was then taken to a secret home (a FIDA shelter) to spend the night .
“ On the day of the scheduled meeting , the minor was brought from the home to FIDA ’ s office . Her brother, Adamu , came and from the information he gave , their father had effected the arrest of a man in Plateau State , claiming that the man sponsored her trip to Ekiti.
“ Even though the man was released the following day , the girl ’ s father threatened to re -arrest the said man if she did not return to Plateau State on Monday , September 28, 2020.
“ FIDA swung into action , called the National Human Rights Commission, Ekiti State branch , which then linked us with the Plateau branch .
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We called the Plateau branch , gave them a summary of the case and we were assured that they would take up the case and ensure that the man is safe.
“ Her brother was made to sign an undertaking that the minor will report at our office every Wednesday by 12pm for counselling , ” Alao stated .
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