CP promises quick response to gender-based violence
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Idowu Owohunwa, says his office is working towards strengthening intra-police coordination by evolving a structure that would effectively coordinate prompt response to gender-based violence.
The CP stated this on Wednesday when he paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, at the agency’s Novel House Office at Ikeja.
A statement by the DSVA quoted the CP as lauding the agency for its fight against SGBV and domestic violence to ensure the rights of victims and survivors are adequately protected.
“Owohunwa reaffirmed the commitment of the police to working with the government and pledged that the police, under his watch, would complement the efforts of the agency to attain its statutory mandate.
“The CP also called for more awareness campaigns by the agency to break the culture of silence among residents while ultimately encouraging survivors to speak up and get help,” the statement said.
In response, Vivour-Adeniyi restated the Lagos State Government’s commitment to strengthening collaboration with the state police command towards curbing the menace of domestic and sexual violence as well as providing necessary support to victims of abuse in the state.
She stated the state government has accomplished great success in its fight against SGBV through its various programmes, policies and interventions championed by the agency, including getting justice for survivors of domestic violence across the state.