Bill to prohibit tribal marks passes second reading at the senate

A Bill for an Act to provide for the Prohibition of Facial Mutilation, Offences, Prosecution and Punishment of Offenders  as well as Protection of victims under threat of facial mutilation, has passed second reading in the Senate.

Senator Dino Melaye of Kogi state, who sponsored the bill, said there was no doubt that Africans of old used tribal marks as a means of proper identification  but added that it is a harmful practice and cannot be supported.

He stressed that besides the health implication of the practice, it was an infringement on the rights of children, adding that every Nigerian child deserved the right to live.

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