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Making Tribal Marks on Children is a Crime.

Making Tribal Marks on Children is a Crime.

by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 227)

Making Tribal Marks on Children is a Crime.

It is a criminal offence to make any tattoo or marks including tribal marks on a child in Nigeria. It is punishable with a fine of not more than N5000 or and a month imprisonment.

Traditions, customs and religious practices do not matter, marks and tattoos on children are prohibited. The argument that parents can deal with their children as the parents desire is not true. The law is clear, no person is permitted to make a mark on a child. This work was earlier published with the title; “IT IS AN OFFENCE TO MAKE TRIBAL MARKS OR TATTOOS ON A CHILD IN NIGERIA”.


1. Sections 24 and 278 of Child Rights Act, 2003.


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