lagos-state-fasholaLagos State Government, yesterday, signed an Executive Order empowering the state to open a Sex Offenders Register, to record cases of sexual violence against women, children and of their perpetrators.

The register will contain details of sex offenders including names and photographs among other information that can be useful for public cross-referencing.

Issuing an Executive Order to that effect on Monday, the state governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), said the registry was part of several criminal law reforms and policies in Lagos, to enhance the rights of women, children and other vulnerable people in the state.

Fashola pointed out that the current security challenges facing the country has pushed sexual offences against vulnerable member of the society to the background, adding that series of policies including the post-partum depression defence, six month maternity leave for public servants in the state as well as the domestic violence and child abuse laws were all put in place to protect women and children.

The governor stressed that successful implementation of the order requires cooperation of all stakeholders. He advised women to kick against acts which may cause their rights to be compromised in the work place, warning that it will no longer be business as usual for those who have formed the habit of harassing vulnerable members of the society.

Earlier, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye said, a number of measures have been put in place for successful implementation of the order.

According to Ipaye, a Domestic Violence and Sexual Response team, comprising, policemen, officials of the state Office of the Public Defenders, Directorate for Citizens’ Rights, medical personnel and others have already been constituted.

He said sex offence are prominent in Alimosho, Kosofe, Agege and Oshodi- Isolo local governments, adding that over one hundred cases of such offences are being tried in the state high courts.

In an interview, some members of the civil society groups who were at the ceremony described the order as a welcome development. Mrs. Itoro Eze-Anaba of Partnership for Justice and Laila St. Matthew-Daniel of Act Generation, said the order would reduce sex offences to the barest minimum and called on other states to emulate what Lagos State has done. -NationalMirror


lagos_lagoonA 26-year-old bus conductor, Sikiru Adebayo, has been killed by suspected cult members on Oniyanrin Street, Mile 12, Lagos. The assailants, who were suspected to be Aiye Confraternity members, stormed the area on Monday, last week and attacked the late Adebayo, inflicting machete cuts on his head before pushing him into a lagoon.His corpse was said to have been swept by the current, making it difficult for his relatives to find it…

It was learnt that eventually, his remains were recovered from the Oworonshoki area of the state two days later by fishermen employed by his relatives.PUNCH Metro learnt from residents of Mile 12 that the Osun State indigene was among a crowd of people who ran for dear life when the cult members unleashed mayhem on residents on the fateful day.

His elder brother, Moruf Adebayo, explained that they were still reveling in the hangover from the Sallah break when they were attacked.He said, “It was three days after Sallah and we were having fun. One of us was singing, while the rest of us danced and joked.“I went to the toilet, came back and saw some boys- about four of them- wielding cutlasses, bottles, sticks and all forms of weapons.“They started attacking people and we all took to our heels. But my brother could not make it as they pinned him down and hacked his head before pushing him into the water.“I had planned to travel with my brother to Osogbo for a festival and had also given him N58,000 to keep for me in preparation for the trip when they killed him.”Another resident, Kayode Fafunke, said the gang came from Obanta Street, a neighbouring community.He said, “When the dust had settled, we didn’t know what had happened to Sikiru. But when we didn’t see him, we asked around and somebody said he saw the men cutting somebody with cutlasses and pushing him into the waters.

“His relatives from Osogbo came around and we hired fishermen and paid them to help us look for him.
“It was around 2pm that they called us that they had found his bloated body.”The case was said to have been reported at the Ketu PoliceDivision as police officers came around to take pictures of the corpse and take statements from residents.Our correspondent learnt that the victim had been buried near the water bank.A source in the area identified members of the gang to include Yoko, Sketel, Raphael, Joshua and Omo, all resident of Obanta Street.It was gathered that it was the third time this year that such an attack would happen as security operatives had not been able to handle the crisis.A commercial driver, Ibrahim Oladepo, told our correspondent the gang members were always clashing with another gang identified as Agiliti boys.

A resident, Odegbami Yomi, appealed to the government to look into the matter and restore sanity to the area.“It’s unfortunate that we cannot sleep with our eyes closed in this area. This is becoming too much and I believe if the government want to help us, they know what to do to rid this area of cultists. We need urgent intervention,” he said.The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident.He said, “Five suspects have been arrested and the matter transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba.”

kumuyi_nigeriaThe General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi, on Sunday urged Nigerians not to give up over unpleasant life circumstances and challenges they might be facing, assuring that all would soon be over.

 

Kumuyi pointed out that some difficult life conditions were meant to serve as training for believers in God and, as such, were meant to be taken in good faith.

 

He, however, declared that there was light at the end of the tunnel if they remained steadfast in God’s ways.

 

The cleric spoke during the church’s monthly revival programmed tagged, ‘Soaring on Eagle’s Wings’ held at the Deeper Life Conference Centre along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Mowe, Ogun State.

 

“God will not fail you; you will rise above life challenges and circumstances,” Kumuyi declared to the several thousands of participants, who gathered for the two-day revival meeting.

 

The cleric gave the example of Joseph in the Bible who passed through several challenges before becoming the Prime Minister of Egypt.

 

While emphasising the importance of training, the Deeper Life leader noted that the trials and temptations Joseph passed through prepared him ahead of the leadership position he later occupied in Egypt.

 

The cleric urged the participants and Nigerians to look on to God in every situation they were passing through, adding that their time of blessings would soon come.

 

While praying for the participants, he said, “Your time will not pass you by! Every step of your way will come at the appropriate time… every mark and calling in your life will come at the appropriate time.

 

Source: THE PUNCH