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Arrest Gborbu Wulomo over child marriage – Francis Sosu petitions CID

The Member of Parliament for Madina, Francis-Xavier Sosu, has petitioned the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for the arrest, investigation and prosecution of Gborbu Wulomo, a 63-year-old traditional leader, for marrying a 12-year-old girl.

Nuumo Borketey Laweh XXXIII, the 63-year-old Gborbu Wulomo, has faced severe backlash since a video of him marrying a 12-year-old girl, Naa Okromo appeared online.

The traditional marriage ceremony occurred on Saturday, March 30, 2024, in Nungua.

Gborbu Wulomo has defended himself by stating that the girl would not be expected to fulfil marital duties.

However, in a petition to the Director General of the Criminal Investigation Department on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, Mr Xavier-Sosu argued that the marriage violates local and international child care and protection laws.

He described the action as “illegal, null and void” explaining that according to Ghanaian law, a child under 18 cannot enter marriage.

Mr Sosu highlighted Ghana’s commitment to various international conventions prohibiting child betrothals and marriages, citing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and Ghana’s 1992 Constitution.

He emphasized that marriage is not only a violation of international law but also of Ghana’s Children’s Act of 1998, which sets the legal age limit for marriages at 18 years old.

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