Ambode promises hard time for child traffickers, perpetrators of domestic violence
Determined to nip in the bud the trafficking of children, domestic violence and other forms of social aberrations, Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday vowed to ensure that perpetrators would be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the law.
Ambode, who was speaking at the Children’s Day celebration organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Education at the Police College ground, Ikeja, regretted that in the recent times, there has been a noticeable increase in child abuse, rape, kidnapping, deliberate neglect and child trafficking in the country.
The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule disclosed that recent findings from Violence Against Children (VAC) survey indicated that children under the age of 18 in Nigeria are being abused, most especially by those that they refer to as their family members.
“These acts constitute serious criminal offences and this government would not tolerate this. I therefore warn perpetrators of these acts to desist, as this government is ready to deal decisively with anyone caught in the act”, further noting that these criminal acts were becoming a norm in the society now rather than an aberration.
The governor, while assuring children that his administration has taken a holistic approach in protecting them against any abuse or unjust treatment, disclosed that security operatives have been put on alert to arrest and prosecute anyone that abuses or infringes on their fundamental rights.
Describing the theme of the year 2016 Children’s Day celebration: Stop Violence Against Children as instructive, the governor stated that his administration was investing in creating conducive environments for them to develop their talents.
While congratulating them for the success of the celebration, Ambode urged children to work harder and be focused in their academic pursuits so that government huge investment in their education would not be a waste.
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