Apr 11, 2016

You can jilt a lover but not a child

While dating, many people have complained of getting dumped by their partners, it simply means they were jilted by lovers or got their hearts broken in extreme circumstances. While this may be socially acceptable as a person cannot be forced to love or care for another person, it’s socially unacceptable for anyone to jilt or dump their children and the Criminal Code Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides a penalty for same.

According to Section 372 of the aforementioned law,

“Any person who being the parent, guardian or other person having the lawful care or charge of a child under the age of 12 (twelve years) and being able to maintain such child, wilfully and without lawful or reasonable cause deserts the child and leaves it without means of support, is guilty of a misdemeanour and is liable to imprisonment for one year”. 

So next time, you think about bailing on your kids or wards, remember you may get locked in jail for it. At that point, all one can say is “don’t drop the soap”. 

Adedunmade Onibokun

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