The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said no offender arraigned of rape and gender-based violence will escape without incurring punishment.
The governor spoke on Thursday after receiving a 54-page compilation on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence put together by the Stakeholders’ Committee set up by this wife, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, on how to tackle the issue.
Sanwo-Olu, who is the incident commander for gender-based violence in Lagos, reiterated his administration’s commitment to protecting the vulnerable demographics and getting justice for victims violated.
The governor said, “I am delighted by the work done by the Stakeholders’ Committee to bring attention to the problems facing voiceless adults and children in our society. Through your efforts, vulnerable people are building the courage to speak out on offences of sexual violence and heal their wounds.
“We will bring people, who have been perpetrating these crimes, knowingly or unknowingly, to book. We will ensure they never walk freely without the full wrath of the law brought upon them. It is part of our responsibility to ensure that the vulnerable members of our society have a voice and have access to where they can get justice when their rights are violated.”
In the past, Ibijoke Sanwo-olu called on the government to reduce the incidence of sexual and gender-based violence to the barest minimum by setting up a response system.
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She said her motivation was to work with the committee and create a society where gender-based violence won’t become a frequent situation as it is today.
She said, “The stakeholders have been having meetings for months and their discussions have focused on the key development pillars of the current administration as they relate to the rights of vulnerable citizens, especially those women and children.”
“The Office of the First Lady has been working with the vision to reduce sexual and gender-based violence to the barest minimum if it is impossible to eradicate the crime. We have activated our response, bringing all stakeholders and communities on board to forge a common front in addressing the issue.”