Lagos Monarchs Walk Against Rape, Domestic Violence
You are not alone.
Traditional rulers are also worried by incessant cases of sexual assault and violence against women.
Two of them from Lagos; Olu of Epe, Oba Sefiu Adewale and the Oloja of Epe, Oba Kamorudeen Animashaun have shown commendable commitment to fight the scourge.
On Thursday, they both led a walk by the people against the crime on the Lekki-Epe Expressway and major streets in the area.
They joined others to display placards with the inscriptions, “Say No to Rape, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse”, and called on the authorities to put an end to such crimes.
The monarchs said they were incensed by all forms of gender-based violence in the community and the state, insisting that the full weight of the law must be slammed on perpetrators of sexual crimes.
Oba Adewale said: “To curb the menace, government should stop child abuse by parents. They should keep the young ones safe against all forms of attack and hawking especially by the girl-child, who should still be in school.
“A committee will be set up to look into such cases and we shall work in partnership with the Lagos State Government.
“Offenders should not be spared and l believe that the way forward is to continuously engage the various communities to prevent and respond to all forms of gender-based violence.”
On his part, Oba Animashaun urged the people to be “faithful ambassadors and armies” in the fight against domestic and sexual violence.
The Coordinator of the State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), Mrs Vivour Adeniyi, said the walk was organised as part of efforts to sensitize the community to rise up against the crimes.
“We want the people of Epe to know that the law on rape, sexual assault and gender-based violence now carry stiff penalties or punishments and that offenders will not go unpunished.”
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