In an interview with The Punch, Mrs. Motunrayo Adeleye, the Ogun State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development and a former member of the Ogun State House of Assembly, talked about the rising prevalence of gender-based violence in the state and the steps the government is taking to address it. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>
She noted that parents of victims of sexual abuse in the state work together to pursue legal justice, but that they have difficulties because they frequently suffer threats.
She mentioned that dealing with domestic violence cases often becomes challenging for them. This is because, when they build a strong case, the parents of victims frequently withdraw their interest, and she claimed that this behavior is primarily driven by threats and coercion.
She shared a story about a young woman facing abuse, explaining that the school principal reported the incident to the police, leading to their involvement.
She said, “On getting there, one of our directors discovered that the young lady had been abused before by two different men, that was before I got to the ministry. So, I got curious and said I wanted to know what happened to the first case when the young lady was abused and we found out that her father collected N400,000 to drop the case.”
Further talking, she said, “But, because the first case was not dealt with, the lady fell victim again.
Parents should avoid succumbing to threats or engaging in malicious acts for financial gain due to the associated risks. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>