by Paul Agada
Lagos State Government has demonstrated its resolve towards ensuring the state is devoid of Domestic and Sexual Violence and other related offences, as the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu led top officials in the state to a walk against domestic and sexual violence.
The walk tagged “Walk To Commit and Act”, was organized by Lagos State Government through the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) of the Ministry of Justice, in a bid to lend government support for advocacy activities geared towards raising awareness on domestic violence, sexual violence and other related offences.
The Governor who led the walk alongside top government officials, were joined by Lagosians who had placards with messages against domestic and sexual violence.
Speaking after the walk, Sanwo-Olu observed that the government is commemorating the day in line with United Nations declaration against gender-based violence. He assured that the State is working hard with its police command and all relevant agencies to bring the crime to zero point.
He warned that no offender would go unpunished, saying that rape, domestic violence and child abuse are crimes and must be treated as such.
In his words; “Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Justice and other arms of the government, deem it fit that we need to have this walk to further confirm and to indicate our full support for advocacy around the talk of child abuse, the advocacy around rape, against women and girl, the talk around domestic violence, sexual violence and all other vices that are around abuse of children.
“Our government by this walk, confirms that we are totally against it, we stand against everything about this issue and we are going to ensure that we have zero tolerance against it.
“It is a crime against humanity. When you are caught in the act of sexual violence, child abuse, domestic violence, you will be made to pay dearly for your crime. So, we are using this advocacy to warn and to tell people to desist because the full arm of law will be brought to bear on anybody or institution found wanting in any form.”
Sanwo-Olu encouraged victims of these acts to speak up assuring them that the government will take up such issues.