15 cases of rape and other sexually-related offences reported weekly in Ogun State,Nigeria

Before you read this article you should know where Ogun State is located. According to Ogun State Gov, Ogun State is strategically located; bordered to the east by Ondo State and to the north by Oyo and Osun States. Its border with the Republic of Benin, to the west, makes it an access route to the expansive market of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to the south by Lagos, the former Capital of Nigeria, and which still remains the commercial nerve centre of the country and indeed the West Africa Sub-region and also by the Atlantic Ocean. 

Picture of Ogun State Photo courtesy of The Nigerian Voice

Picture of Ogun State
Photo courtesy of The Nigerian Voice

The Ogun State government said on Thursday  that the state records 15 cases of rape and other sexually-related offences on weekly basis. The Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Justice, Adesola Shobayo, made the disclosure while speaking with journalists in her office in Abeokuta.
Mrs. Shobayo said the rate at which abuse of minors and other related offences were fast increasing in the state had become worrisome.She explained that the best way to check the problem was to review the criminal law by fast-tracking the legal process and imposing stiffer sanctions in order to deter culprits.“I don’t know why rape cases are so common these days. It is fast becoming a big problem in the state.

“We now record no fewer than 15 cases of rape in a week. My own attitude to these problems is to review our criminal law as it affects defilement and other sexual offences.“Also, government at all levels should come up with stiffer punishments so as to deter culprits totally from it,” she said.

Speaking further on the protection of children rights in the state, the permanent secretary revealed that the Amended Child Rights Law was already being implemented in the state.According to her, the present administration in the state was doing all within its capacity to promote, and preserve the rights of children between the ages of one and 18 years. She explained that the government of the state detested any action tending to infringe on the rights and privileges of children.Mrs. Shobayo said government would not condone any form of violation against them and would not hesitate to punish anyone found culpable.She said the ministry of justice also provides legal support to indigent people in society through the Citizens Right Department, CRD, by defending them in civil and criminal cases.

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