Lagos State Conducts 1-day training program on eradication of SGBV for Paramilitary officers.

The Lagos State Government has again engaged over 100 officers from the Lagos Neighbourhood and Safety Corps (LNSC), Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), Peace Corps and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) on the 1st of March, 2024 at the LCCI Hall, Ikeja on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Existing State Laws and Policies and Exploring Existing State Structures. The Executive Secretary, Lagos DSVA, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi said that the whole essence is to equip the officers with the right tools and knowledge to act as first responders of SGBV in the State. “Sexual and Gender-Based Violence is a globally pervasive human rights violation which the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared zero tolerance for all forms of this menace.  The representative from the four offices gave their goodwill messages. The names of the officers that delivered their speech are: Peace Corps: Amb. Patriot Rilwan Abiola Onitolo. Deputy State commandant (training and operations),  LNSC Mr. Adetiloye Ayodeji James Training officer representing the G.M. Kai Eniola Adeniyi Micheal Assistant chief law enforcement environmental sanitation officer (HOD training), NSCDC Superintendent of Corp. Idris kuku Abimbola. Facilitator at the training, Mrs Ronke Oyelakin, the Coordinator of Child Protection Network, Lagos Chapter explained the various forms of abuse, preventive measures and the techniques of psychological first aid. She brought her session to a close by engaging the officers in a role-play to further propagate the message. Ms. Tope Oyedija, the head of the Empowerment unit at Lagos DSVA whilst taking the second discourse explained the legal implications of the various forms of abuse. Mr. Damilare Adewusi during his discussion also laid bare the available support services and the need to always call the toll-free line: 08000333333 when cases of SGBV occur within the communities.  Taking the Vote of thanks, various representatives from the different offices expressed appreciation to the State government and the DSVA for the training Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos DSVA 5th of March, 2024

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Lagos State Trains Police Family Support Units on investigating SGBV

Lagos State government has again engaged over forty police officers on best practices for investigating and prosecuting incidents  of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. Participants at the 3 day  training session are  drawn from the State’s Family Support Units as well as other formations including Force Criminal Investigative Department CID Alagbon and Panti ( D 10).  The Executive Secretary Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, DSVA, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi said that the whole essence is to acclimatise them with emerging trends on domestic and sexual violence and know how to relate with them when the needs arise. “Sexual and Gender-Based Violence is a globally pervasive human rights violation which the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared zero tolerance for all forms of this menace.  Vivour-Adeniyi explained that the  police has an indispensable role to play in ensuring survivors are able to access justice, perpetrators are held accountable which is critical in serving as a deterrence.  “The truth of the matter is that cases are not won in court, they are won at investigation stage and so we need the police to conduct thorough investigation when these cases are reported to their stations.  “They must know the best practices for interviewing survivors and the intricacies involved and the investigation techniques in facing the alleged perpetrators at the scenes of the crime, connecting the suspect to crime.” she said She maintained that the State is working assiduously to ensure that going forward there are solid investigations conducted by these personnel as the state is craving for an increase in conviction and increase faith in the system. Facilitator at the training, Mrs Atinuke Odukoya of the Centre for Women’s Health and Information took the participants on the issues of socialization, culture, social norms, value system and how they impact on how the police officers within the family support units respond to issues of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. She said “We all know that things that we have behind our minds are in terms of how we have been raised or how our society has raised our expectations and attitudes with behaviours and how we are supposed to respond to issues, those impacts affect the way we respond to cases that survivors bring to the station when they come. “One of the things that we needed them to see is the fact that these people that you are responding to, they are coming with a lot of trauma. So it’s not in your place to determine because of how you feel or how you think or what you think is the way they should be dressed or the way they should talk on how they should be able to  respond to cases.” Odukoya enjoined the officers to look beyond ethnic coloration while making judgment and to see that objectivity is key and investigating the cases with all objectivity towards ensuring that justice is served “because justice is a form of prevention.” An SGBV Consultant, Mrs Juliet Olumuyiwa Rufai took the Participants on Guiding principles of SGBV Role Play and the approach to SGBV Response, Survivor -centered and Multi-Sectoral. She highlighted the approaches to look out for when handling SGBV cases. In his presentation, Director of Public Prosecutions Lagos state, Dr Babajide Martins highlighted the relevant laws in relation to their areas of investigation and put in perspective what is expected of them in terms of implementation, investigation and apprehension of offenders and preparing them to give good testimonies when they are invited in court by the directorate. He said some of the challenges are the process of getting officers to come and give evidence  in court , stressing that the training session will avail them the opportunity to know what their roles are and what is expected of them when they are coming to give evidence in court. Some of the participants appreciated the state government particularly DSVA for putting the training together as they called for more sensitization at community levels as well as reaching out to religious and traditional rulers to cascade the messages to the people.  Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Head, Public Affairs Unit Lagos DSVA 7/2/2024

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Lagos DSVA Trains Doctors on Sexual Assault Management Services

Lagos State Government through its Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) has organized a two-day training on prevention and management of sexual assault for Doctors drawn from the State’s General Hospitals on best practices in the reportage of domestic and Sexual Violence cases (DSVC) brought to their facilities. Welcoming participants to the training, the Executive Secretary, DSVA Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi said the training was necessary to ensure that the best practices was engaged when SGBVs are reported in their facilities, which according to her would aid investigation of such cases when the detailed report is presented as evidence in court. She urged the medical professionals to inform survivors of the State Government’s Sexual Intervention Fund, which provides access to free medical support and care at the designated General Hospitals. Speaking at the training programme, one of the facilitators, Mrs Omotola Rotimi, Administrator General and Public Trustee of Lagos State Ministry of Justice, in her delivery, highlighted the need for availability of forensic facilities for evidence gathering and investigation, which will help enhance and hasten speedy dispensation of justice in domestic and sexual violence cases. Mrs.  Rotimi outlined the different forms of sexual assault and their respective punishment as applicable by law. She reiterated the fact that Rape, Defilement, Sexual Assault by Penetration attract up to life imprisonment. Furthermore, Dr. Omoera Victoria, the State’s Reproductive Health Coordinator, Lagos State Ministry of Health, delivered an exposé on Sexual and Gender Based Violence, she highlighted the various struggles survivors face, post trauma, social stigmatisation of survivors as well as provision of psychosocial support services which would help boost survivors’ confidence, interaction and integration within and into the society. Dr. Omoera advised health workers to be empathetic and show compassion towards survivors of the violence. Still at the program Ms. Avril Euewu Edero, a Forensic Investigator trained the medical personnel on best practices to gather and preserve forensic evidence as soon as survivors present at the health facilities. The State Government used this medium to reiterate Governor Sanwo-Olu’s commitment in ensuring holistic care and support is provided to survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

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Lagos Trains Judges and Magistrates on Best Practices for Adjudication of SGBV cases

The Lagos State Government under it’s  Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has commenced a 2-Day training of Judges and Magistrates on Best Practices for Adjudicating sexual and gender based Violence Cases in the State. At the training program, The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Kazeem Alogba in His keynote Address accentuated the need to tackle the sexual and gender based Violence cases through a hands-on holistic approach via intensive training for stakeholders . He emphasized that the availability of forensic facilities for evidence, investigation and gathering; aggressive sensitization against social stigmatization of victims/survivals; the provisions of psychosocial support services;  facilitation of support group counselling for survivors would further boost their confidence and integration into the society. The Chief Judge also raised concerns about the protection of witnesses in court and encouraged the government to provide technology gadgets to interview or collect witness statements either virtually or physically. Justice Alogba also assured that more in-house training would posit for timely/prompt adjudication of justice. and concluded by thanking the organisers for putting the program together. Still at the training, Solicitor General and  Permanent Secretary, Ms. Titilayo ShittaBey lauded the  DSVA’s successful provision of immense support and assistance to victims and survivors of domestic and Sexual crimes particularly children and women in obnoxious environment and increasing rate of cases received and handled by the DSVA are causes of concern to the State. ShittaBey also maintained that the menace of SGBV required a holistic collaborative effort as survivors deserve to be treated delicately and with empathy at all stages of the criminal process taking into cognizance their traumatic and psychological state. The Executive Secretary Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, DSVA Mrs Lola Vivour-Adeniyi earlier in her Welcome, said the training was most compelling at the time as SGBV cases were on the rise and the objective was to address easy access to justice and faster delivering to Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence. Facilitators handled various sessions amongst whom were Prof. Olufunmilayo Bammeke, Dean of Faculty-  University of Social Sciences University of Lagos, Dr. Tolu Oko-Ighaire of the Institute of Counseling in Nigeria,  Mrs Omotola Rotimi Administrator General and Public Trustee, Ministry of Justice and Mrs Atinuke Odukoya, Executive Director – Center for Women Health and Information CEWHIN and Mrs Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, Executive Secretary Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency DSVA.

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