A Bill for an Act to provide for the prohibition of Facial Mutilation which is being sponsored by Senator Dino Melaye, came up for 2nd reading Tuesday. The bill if passed into law will prohibit parents from mutilating the faces of their children all in an attempt to give them tribal marks. The bill after cut..
The Bill is also for the Protection of victims under threat of facial mutilation and other related Matters. Sen. Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi), who sponsored the bill, said that there was no doubt that Africans of old used tribal marks as a means of proper identification.
Leading debate on the bill, Melaye said in those days, members of the same village, tribe or lineage had the same tribal marks. Melaye said that the hometown and lineage of a child or anyone with tribal marks were immediately identified, while outsiders who did not have such marks were also spotted.