Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, threated to take action against Hauwa Sa’idu Mohammed, popularly known as Jaruma, over Her Kayanmata.
This was contained in an open letter as the group urged her to within 72 hours go to the media and denounce the alleged efficacy of her local aphrodisiac, known as ‘Kayanmata’ or showcase the approval she got from Nigerian regulatory agencies.
In the letter, it said the evidence available seems to suggest that Jaruma is allegedly preying on impressionable women and as such has allegedly built an empire on the gullibility of desperate women.
HURIWA’s open letter to Jaruma was signed by its coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko.
The letter reads:
“Can you please contradict this allegation with empirical evidence and science-based license from the Nigerian Government?
“There are allegations on the use of voodoo and ‘Juju’ dark magic, alongside these products in order for your clients to successfully trap men and do their bidding after sexual encounters. If these are just mere allegations, why then is there a popular belief that your products can help young girls catch rich sugar Daddies?
“You have also portrayed that your ‘Kayan Mata’, which literally means a woman’s property, is said to enhance love and intimacy and even make women receive expensive gifts from men out of inducement – is this not tantamount to love scam and false pretenses punishable in Nigeria, under Section 419 of the Criminal Code, which states:
“Any person who by any false pretense, and with intent to defraud, obtains from any other person anything capable of being stolen, or induces any other person to deliver to any person anything capable of being stolen, is guilty of a felony, and is liable to imprisonment for three years?”
“More so, your clients are alleged to be ladies seeking to win the hearts of wealthy married men, thereby encouraging the act of adultery. Adultery is a criminal offence under the Penal Code of Northern Nigeria. Section 387 and 388 stipulate imprisonment for two years, and/or with a fine for adultery.
“Although, adultery is not prosecuted under the Criminal Code, it provides for redress if a spouse can prove that adultery occurred. For instance, section 15(2)(b) of the Matrimonial Causes Act states that: “ The court hearing a petition for a decree of dissolution of a marriage shall hold the marriage to have broken down irretrievably if the respondent has committed adultery and the petitioner finds it intolerable to live with the respondent”
“Again, we are not aware of any approval from NAFDAC, as such selling of unlicensed and unauthorized love portion, which suspectedly did not undergo evaluation and/or approval by the National or Regional Regulatory Authority for the market in which they are marketed/distributed or used, subject to permitted conditions under national or regional regulation and legislation is a crime and punishable or are your products accredited?
“Therefore, we are giving you 72 hours from the date of this publication to go to the media and repudiate the alleged efficacy of your products with an apology to the men and women you have allegedly induced with your alleged unlicensed and unauthorized love portions, which has infringed on their rights accordingly. Failure to do so, we may very likely take legal steps to force relevant Agencies of the Government to rise up and do their duty. ”
The group said agencies, such as the Federal Competition and Consumers Protection Commission (FCCPC), established by law to protect citizens in the market place by preventing abuse, exploitation and any form of mistreatment or disregard with respect to consumers must be compelled by legal means to wake up.
The group said in addition, that the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), whose function as provided in the enabling law that establishes it are to: ‘regulate and control the importation, exportation, manufacture advertisement, distribution, sale and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water, Chemicals and detergents’ must be tasked to wake up and defend Nigerians.