Lagos DSVA,  Lagos Police Command Takes SGBV Advocacy To Ikorodu 

… Vows to heighten fight against SGBV menace

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) embarked on a joint Advocacy Walk with the Lagos Police Command as part of the activities earmarked to commemorate the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month, tagged “STOP SGBV” in Ikorodu.

 The Walk which took place in Ikorodu today 7th of September, 2023 had over 108 police personnel drawn from across all the Divisions in Ikorodu and police personnel from some Family Support Units.

During this epoch making event, that involved over 5000 residents of Ikorodu were informed of the synergy and partnership that exists between the Lagos State government  and Police especially as it pertains to responding to incidents of domestic and sexual violence.

Whilst addressing, the participants, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi disclosed that  a recent analysis of cases reported revealed that the Police typically serves as first responders and their capacity to respond ultimately encourages or discourages victims and survivors from actively pursuing justice.  

She stressed the compelling need to embark on proactive engagements with the police and urged residents to promptly report cases when such incidences occur by breaking the culture of silence. 

The Commissioner of Police, CP Idowu Owohunwa, who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Admin DCP Bawa Saidu reaffirmed the commitment of the Police towards improving reporting and response mechanisms and restore trust and confidence in law enforcement agencies which is critical to ensure reporting.

It was indeed a call to action to all relevant stakeholders to join the fight against domestic and sexual violence

The Joint Advocacy walk which had in attendance, the Deputy Commissioner of Police DCP Bawa Saidu, the Area Commander, Khan Salihu Usman, Divisional Police Officers, and other stakeholders, including Nigerian Bar Association (Ikorodu Branch), FIDA , Child Protection Network, State Education Board, Primary and Secondary schools from the Education District 2, Ikorodu General Hospital, World Health Organization 

Other law enforcement Agencies that joined the Walk include officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority officials, Kick Against Indiscipline officers

Participants engaged the residents and  distributed various Information and Education materials, in English, Youba, hausa and Igbo. 

Highlights of the event was an art presentation by the DSVA officers to illustrate the ills embedded in the SGBV menace 

One of the particpants, Mr. Sulaimon Agbeni a resident in Ikorodu whilst appreciating the State Government called on residents of Ikorodu to join in the war against SGBV as these issues have become rampant and need to be rid from the society.

Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni

Lagos DSVA

7/9/2023

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