Funke Busari, Lagos
At least 206 persons who have been convicted of sexual offences have been registered on the National Sexual Offenders Register even as Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team responded to 3,831 cases of domestic violence between April 2020 to April 2021 in Lagos State.
This information is according to Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, while giving an account of the performance of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice at the 2021 Ministerial Press Briefing on Wednesday.
Explaining the breakdown, the Commissioner or Justice informed that of the 3,831 reported cases of domestic violence, 2,629 involved adults while 1,202 of the cases involved children.
According to him, “A call center number 08000333333 has been launched to respond to reports of gender-based violence and the state government will also be providing compensation and empowerment for survivors,” Onigbanjo said.
He also said the Public Advisory Center of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, between April 2020 and April 2021, rendered advice on 47,586 cases ranging from tenancy, pension claims, domestic violence, health matters and illegal demolition of properties.
“The Ministry’s Citizen Mediation Center (CMC) within a year, resolved 9,686 cases out of 12,358.
“Recently the CMC Ojokoro-Ijaiye, on April 14, 2021 successfully restored a family back into their apartment after being locked out by the aggrieved landlord for 18-days.
“The Directorate of Citizens Rights resolved 1,640 petitions covering landlord and tenant, employer-employee matters and matrimonial disputes.
“The Directorate also recovered N51,500, 000 (Fifty One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira) on behalf of complainants,” the Commissioner of Justice said.