Nigeria: Lagos Trains Police Officers On Gender-Based Violence

“Gone are the days when people will come to us to report gender-based matters and we chase them back home by saying they are family affairs.”

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday commenced a three-day training for 20 police officers on how to respond to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in the state.

The training is being coordinated by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), in partnership with the Lagos State Police Command and the Ford Foundation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 20 police officers were drawn from the five police divisions’ newly upgraded to Family Support Units (FSUs).

The police divisions are Okokomaiko, Owutu, Bariga, Epe and Ajegunle.

In her remarks, the DSVRT Coordinator, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, said the FSUs would serve as specialised police stations designated to investigate and prosecute SGBV cases.

“This journey has been six-years in the making and we are very elated that we have upgraded some police divisions to SFUs,” Mrs Vivour-Adeniyi said.

Also, the Director, Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Babajide Martins, said law enforcement officers had a responsibility to give back to society and protect the vulnerable, especially women and children.

Mr Martins, a facilitator at the training, charged the participants to be upright and uphold the law while investigating cases of sexual and gender-based violence.