It was a traditional rite, not a marriage ceremony – Chieftaincy Minister

The Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Stephen Amoah Boateng, has clarified issues surrounding the alleged child marriage ceremony that took place at Nungua last weekend.

Speaking on JoyNews’ The Probe, Mr Boateng explained that the video that circulated on social media was a traditional rite and not a marriage ceremony.

According to him, “during the event a lot of things were said and the information came out as if they were marrying the girl to the Wulomo [Gborbu Wulomo Nuumo Borketey Laweh XXXIII].”

He noted that following the outcry, his Ministry together with the Gender Ministry and the Attorney General’s office took immediate action by engaging with the traditional authorities of Nungua and the Ga priest involved.

“Through these discussions, it became evident that there were no intentions of carnal relations with the young girl,” he said on Sunday.

Emphasising the paramount importance of the child’s welfare, Mr Boateng and his team worked closely with the police to ensure the safe removal of the minor from the Nungua Community.

The Minister’s swift response underscores the government’s commitment to safeguarding the rights and well-being of minors in the country.

As investigations into the matter continue, Mr Asamoah Boateng has pledged to work closely with law enforcement agencies and local communities to ensure justice and accountability prevail.

Mr Asamoah Boateng had earlier claimed that the girl in question is 16 years old and not 12 as reported.

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