19 February 2003

Nigeria: Alamieyeseigha Signs Genital Mutilation Prohibition Bill

Lagos — GOVERNOR Diepreye Alamieyeseigha of Bayelsa has signed into law two bills passed by the state House of Assembly. The laws are, "the Bayelsa State Female Genital Mutilation Prohibition law 2002" and the "Revised Edition (Law of Bayelsa State) Law 2002".

The bills were passed on September 12 and October 10 respectively by the State House of Assembly. According to the law, the practice of female genital mutilation is hereby prohibited, and custom or tradition notwithstanding.

The law further stipulates prison terms or monetary fine or both on anyone that breaches the relevant sections of the law.

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