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Lagos residents tasked on law on domestic violence

…as ACP holds 1st Roli Daniju memorial lecture

By Chioma Obinna

Following the  sharp rise in the incidences of rape and other forms of abuse against women in the society, Lagos residents have been urged to exploit the advantage of the State’s law on “Protection Against Domestic Violence” with a view to enjoying the remedies and benefits it can offer.

Experts who gathered at the 1st Annual Memorial Lecture for  late Alhaja Roli Raliat Daniju, founder of Ajegunle Community Project (ACP), said the law provides opportunity for violated women to be delivered from the bondage of suffering in silence, fear, ignorance and custom.

President, Committee for Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) Nigeria, Barrister Olasupo Ojo and Chair person of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria,Lagos State Branch, Barrister Chigoziri who spoke on the New Lagos State’s Law on Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence” agreed that it would bring succour to victims of domestic violence within the state.

They lamented that cases of abuse of house helps, women and children, etc, can now be brought to the court by non-governmental organisations on behalf of the victims.

Ojo who stressed that the law should not be seen as anti-marriage or anti-family regretted that such an important law enacted since 2007, was yet to be utilised by Lagosians.

She said the law was designed to save marriages such that parties need not seek for divorce before they can apply for relief unlike under the matrimonial cases law. The law would protect  the male and female genders against domestic violence

Speaking on the life and times of late Daniju, Ojo described her as an activist of the first order..

Chigoziri, who is also Executive Director, Gender and Child Rights Initiative, lamented that the wave of domestic violence has been on the increase..

She called for increased awareness on the law, particularly the crucial aspect as it would give direction to victims on what to do when there is violence in the home.

Calling on Lagosians to report all suspected cases of domestic violence as victims are mostly naive to talk about what they are going through, she said:

Also speaking, the Executive Director of ACP, Mrs OLushola Akai said the lecture was tied on the Lagos State Law on Demostic Violence following late Alhaja Roli Daniju’s involvement in the passage  of the law in the state.


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