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Nigerian children that are being advertised on Facebook then sold to men by their grandfathers to pay off debts

Nigerian child brides as young as ten are being advertised on Facebook and then sold to men as old as their grandfathers to pay off their parents’ debts.

“Money wives” is a common practice in Becheve community in Obanliku, Cross River State, Nigeria. Young women are regularly exchanged by their parents for food, livestock or cash. These women are referred to as money wives or money women.

It has now emerged that their parents and guardians are now making use of Facebook to put them up for sale. Sometimes, they are bought by men older than their fathers and they become the properties of these men for the rest of their lives.

 

Nigerian child brides as young as 10 are being advertised on Facebook then sold to men as old as their grandfathers to pay off debts

 

The men can choose to use them as they like. Some of them are used as baby making machines, some are made to do all the house chores and to farm. Some even say the men who bought them get to decide who they vote for in an election.

One girl, Monica, told the Daily Beast how she and her sister were sold without their consent to clear a debt their father owed to a distant relative.  Monica said she and her sister got married a month apart to men they had never met and who were far older than them.

 

Nigerian child brides as young as 10 are being advertised on Facebook then sold to men as old as their grandfathers to pay off debts

Men from a village in Becheve travelling with goods to pay for a child bride

 

She said:

 

My father knew nothing about Facebook until my elder brother bought him a smartphone and convinced him to join Facebook and post our photographs whenever he likes.

He’ll buy new clothes and force me and my sisters to put them on before taking photographs of us.

It is young people who convince old men to look for wives on Facebook.

 

Monica ran away from her husband to live with a friend less than a year after she got married to him as a money wife.

She added:

 

The man I married said his oldest son showed him my photo on Facebook and directed him to my father.

 

Usually, in the Becheve community, parents of the money brides take the girls to men who can afford to pay for their daughters. But in recent months, families who are so desperate to give their children away for money turn to Facebook so their kinsmen can check them out and pick the girl of their choice.

 

Nigerian child brides as young as 10 are being advertised on Facebook then sold to men as old as their grandfathers to pay off debts

 

Magnus Ejikang, a local chief in Ogbakoko, told The Daily Beast: “The practice is meant to boost the status of the men in Becheve community. The more brides you have, the more respect you gain in the community.”

Below are videos granted by the money wives.

 

 

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The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has taken steps to leave protesting for disappointment of the Federal Government to respect its understanding.

Mr Nuhu Ogirima, President of the Union, made this known in a letter sent to the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu in Abuja on Thursday, and made accessible to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Ogirima in the letter supplicated the clergyman to satisfy the responsibility on the issues of conflict, while requiring a dire review on the issue.

He said the association would be reluctant in making the assumption of the present Federal Government organization’s non-duty to instruction, instructor training specifically, considering the predominant circumstance just as the proposed irrelevant allotment to the school of training sub-segment.

As indicated by him, the association was constrained by the overarching air of non-responsibility of the Federal Government to the satisfaction of the goals came to with the association on issues of mechanical concern, in respect to the universities of instruction, to call for pressing review.

“The association suspended her mechanical activity on December 5, 2018, having acknowledged Federal Government offer to discharge the whole of N15billion as palliative intercession to pad the impacts of the rot in the framework in open universities of training.

“This, alongside different goals came to at the gathering of the Rapid Response Team, led by the Permanent Secretary, on the installment of Peculiar Academic Allowance (PAA); Dual Mode.

“Others are the usage of CONTISS 15 on lower framework; slowed down renegotiation of 2010 COEASU-FGN Agreement among others, educated the choice of the Union at the time.

“It is, notwithstanding, very debilitating to take note of that, over four months after the goals, the status of the issues stays as they had been.”

Ogirima included that these worry had been additionally uplifted by the reality of the refusal of different bureaus of the Federal Government in satisfying the much anticipated commitment on their parts

“Of specific note are: The Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) for the non-issuance of an anticipated roundabout on another framework purportedly made to provide food for HND, identifying with movement.

“The Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF), which has would not dispatch to the association registration levy deducted from the overdue debts collecting from the advancement of scholastic staff paid among January and December, 2018;

“Additionally, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund’s) continued inclination against the schools of instruction; among others,” he said.

Ogirima, in this manner, said that considering the ramifications of the trepidation being produced in the schools of instruction because of the previously mentioned occurrences, the Union may be constrained to make fitting vital work move to look for review if the circumstance isn’t captured right away.

 

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