Basking in the success recorded in prosecuting sexual and domestic violence cases, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Idiat Adebule, has vowed to help other states across the federation follow the same pattern.
Adebule, speaking on ‘societal security: women, children and vulnerable groups’ in Lagos also mentioned that women and children’s right groups have to ensure they see to the safety of women and children in volatile areas.
“Women and children’s rights groups have to spread their tentacles and ensure the protection of women and children in volatile areas and states facing security challenges,” the deputy governor said.
She further insisted that she would offer assistance to other states in ensuring that the successes which have been achieved in reporting and prosecuting sexual offences cases in Lagos are replicated in other states of the country.
Stressing the need for replication of diligent prosecution of sexual cases in the country, Adebule hinted that other parts of the country must be seen as ‘safe’ and purged of sexual offences.
“If Lagos is safe and other states are not safe, nowhere in the country would be safe.”
She hinted that the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team has been effective in documenting sexual offences, prosecution of sexual offenders and assisting victims and survivors in need of financial, professional and emotional support.”
In the same vein, the coordinator of the LSDSV Team, Mrs Titilola Vivour Adeniyi, said the team has been recording high reportage which shows that the people are gaining confidence in the system and assured they can get justice.
Adeniyi, who said the team helps provide justice for victims, noted that domestic violence remain prevalent in the society because most victims are financially dependent on the abuser. She, however, urged victims to speak up and seek for help whenever they feel abused.
On her part, the Chairman Organizing Committee of the Cosmopolitan Women Club of Lagos, Cosmo Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, while delivering her speech, beckoned on government at all levels to intensify efforts towards ensuring security and protection of women, children and vulnerable groups.
Others present at the CWC Seminar were; former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Princess Sarah Sosan; Erelu Princess Abiola Dosumu among others.