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Lagos, Police task residents on speaking up against sexual, domestic violence

By Gbenga Salau
07 September 2023   |   3:45 pm
Lagos State government and the Police Command on Thursday tasked residents to speak up when they see any incidents of domestic and sexual violence within their domain. They spoke at an advocacy walk on sexual and gender-based violence at Ikorodu as part of activities to mark gender and sexual violence month. Participants at the walk…

Lagos State commissioner of police Idowu Owohunwa, while addressing the newly promoted officers.

Lagos State government and the Police Command on Thursday tasked residents to speak up when they see any incidents of domestic and sexual violence within their domain.

They spoke at an advocacy walk on sexual and gender-based violence at Ikorodu as part of activities to mark gender and sexual violence month.

Participants at the walk included senior and junior police officers, lawyers, child protection organizations, members of the community development associations, staff of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency as well as doctors and health persons, enlightened the residents on why they should not engage in any form of sexual and gender-based violence.

They drew their attention to the implications of engaging in such as the state government will ensure the person faces the wrath of the law. Fliers, posters and placards with various inscriptions on domestic and sexual-based violence were given to residents or displayed for residents to read.

The Executive Secretary Of DSVA, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, and the Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, implored residents to raise the alarm when they see any incidents of domestic and sexual violence as the state does not and will not condone any form of sexual and gender-based violence.

Vivour-Adeniyi stated that anyone caught engaging in any form of domestic and sexual-based violence will face the wrath of the law.

She added that when any husband or man is caught physically assaulting any woman or raping any lady, the issue should not be covered up or settled at home but be reported for appropriate action.

She enjoined Ikorodu residents not to be accomplice in any form of illegally as it related to sexual and gender based violence.

Owohunwa represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Salihu Usman, noted that from statistics sexual and gender based violence incidents are on the downward trend in Lagos.

He added that the Lagos State Police Command is committed to ensuring that the menace of sexual and gender based violence is being eradicated in the state.

He nonetheless said that the Police cannot do it alone, so it needs the support of all residents to be effective in checking sexual and gender based violence in the state.

He promised that once residents call the till free lines to report any incidents, the Police will respond promptly.