thoroughly beaten up after he and his wife, Modinat refused to subject
their daughter to genital mutilation/female circumcision. Right now,
they have fled the shores of Nigeria for the safety of their children.
According to Newtelegraph, Modinat Olalowo, who got married to Olalowo
Hammed Olalekan, ran away from her matrimonial home, with her children,
when she was asked to bring her daughter for the painful and needless
Owing to the terrible and painful experience their daughter would pass
through, if subjected to such mutilation, Modinat and her husband
jointly objected to such traditional requirements of their
offspring and insisted that their child would not be circumcised.
According to Hammed, enormous physical, sexual and emotional abuses
prevalent in the country at the moment, force many women out of their
homes at mentioning of genital mutilation or circumcisions as the case
Hammed, who was said to have been attacked by his kinsmen for not
subjecting his daughter for the exercise said he didn’t expect to
survive the attack due to thorough beating he got when he tried to
escape, saying he was abused by his family and the community alike and
was left to die. He said:
“I thought I had died.
I was bleeding all over my body with swollen face and cuts on my body.
What I experienced from them is not what I wish anybody. If it were my
wife or children, they may not have survived it.”
Speaking further, he said:
“I was on my way home, when some men began taunting me for not allowing
my daughter to be circumcised, rather aided their disappearance.”
However, human rights activists have described the act as barbaric and
blame it on Nigerian government for not providing adequate security to
its citizens against such practices.