Lagos states records 4,035 rape, child abuse cases

– Lagos state has recorded 4,035 cases of sexual and child abuse in the last one year

– Lagos state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem said ninety-two cases are presently in court

– Kazeem gave the assurance that the state government would increase its efforts to address issues related to sexual abuse and domestic violence

He disclosed this during a news briefing on the activities of the state’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT).

Kazeem in a statement by the chief press secretary to the state governor, Habib Aruna said through the DSVRT, the government handled a total of 192 cases comprising 89 domestic violence cases, 62 defilement cases, 18 rape cases, six attempted rape, 10 child neglect and 7 child abuse cases. However ninety-two cases are presently being heard in court.

He said: “Let me sound a note of warning here that no matter how highly placed you are in the society, if you commit any domestic violence crime, Lagos state will go after you and prosecute you in court”.

“As regards the provision of shelter for victims, the Ministries of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation and Youth and Social Development as well as strategic partners NGOs have played key roles in ensuring that victims were evacuated to a safer environment of shelter homes.

“All the victims of sexual assault received medical attention from Mirabel Centre and State Hospitals, and so far, 50 of such cases were charged to court.”

Kazeem gave the assurance that the state government would increase its efforts to address issues related to sexual abuse and domestic violence on the front burner.

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