On Thursday, the Lagos State Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Response Team said it received 138 cases of domestic violence against men from May 2017 to March 2018.
The Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem made the disclosure at the 2018 Ministerial Press Briefing to mark three years in office of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode. The event took place at Alausa, Ikeja.
Kazeem noted that 30 cases against men were reported from May 2016 to April 2017. He said that a total number of 1,771 cases of domestic and sexual violence were reported during the period under review.
He advised members of the public to dial the helpline – #6820# to report cases of violence for prompt and appropriate action.
On the Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre, established in September 2017, Kazeem said that the centre had received 316 inquiries and had over 71 active cases bothering on homicide, rape, toxicology, child trafficking, serology and others.
He said that the Special Task Force Against Land Grabbers received 1,300 petitions out of which 855 were concluded and 530 pending. He said,
“In the period under review, 35 suspected land grabbers were arrested and 26 criminal prosecution cases are ongoing”.
The commissioner said that the Special Offences Court (Mobile Court) recorded an increase in the number of offenders arraigned in the period under review compared to the figure of the previous year.
He said that 8,380 offenders were arraigned in the period under review for parking on walkways and yellow lines, use of BRT lanes, hanging on tailboard of moving vehicles, driving against traffic and some other offences.
According to him, 4,426 offenders were arrested the previous year.
Kazeem said that the Office of the Public Offender received 4,282 petitions to provide legal aid to residents especially the less privileged and the vulnerable.
He said that 2,264 of the petitions had been concluded while others were still at various stages of review, investigation and conclusion.
According to him, through the efforts of the office, N5.7 million was received on behalf of petitioners.