Saturday, 13 April

Gborbu marriage: Spare none! OccupyGhana to AG

General News
The girl was first reported to be 12 years old. It was later claimed by the PRO of the Gborbu Temple to be 13 years old and but now claimed to be 16 years old

OccupyGhana has demanded swift action from the Attorney General's office to apprehend and prosecute individuals allegedly involved in the controversial marriage between a 63-year-old traditional priest, Nuumo Borketey Laweh Tsuru XXXIII, and a 12-year-old girl named Naa Yoomo Ayemuede.

The traditional wedding ceremony, officiated by Nuumo Borketey Laweh Tsuru XXXIII, the Gborbu Wolumo, took place on Saturday amidst widespread public outrage following the dissemination of footage and images from the event on social media platforms.

Attendees witnessed unsettling advice given to the young bride in the local Ga language, prompting concerns that the marriage was more than just ceremonial.

Critics have called for the dissolution of the marriage and an investigation into Nii Tsuru's conduct.

The Ghana Police Service, in collaboration with relevant ministries, has taken steps to ensure the safety and protection of the young girl and her mother, who are currently under police care.

OccupyGhana, in a statement issued on Tuesday, April 2, urged the authorities to prosecute not only the direct perpetrators but also those who may have conspired or abetted the offence.

They further called on the Gender, Children, and Social Protection, as well as the Chieftaincy ministries, to intensify efforts to eradicate such practices, emphasising the importance of protecting children in Ghanaian society.

“While acknowledging the press statement from the Ghana Police that they have identified the girl and are investigating the matter, OccupyGhana calls on the Attorney General to arrest and prosecute without fear or favour, not only the direct perpetrators but also all whose conspiracy and abetment have facilitated this offence”, the group said.

“We call on the Gender, Children and Social Protection, and the Chieftaincy ministries to do a better job and rooting out this tasteless practice. Children are our future and protecting them should be a paramount aim for our whole society,” it stated.