The high rate of cases of sexual assault and violence against women, made two traditional rulers in Lagos State yesterday to lead a walk against the crime on the Lekki-Epe Expressway and major streets in the area. The rulers — Olu of Epe, Sefiu Adewale and the Oloja of Epe, Kamorudeen Animashaun — who displayed placards with the inscriptions, “Say No to Rape, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse,” called on the authorities to put an end to the crimes. The monarchs said they were incensed by all forms of gender-based violence in the community and the state, insisting that the full weight of the law must be slammed on perpetrators of sexual crimes. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that security personnel including Police, State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), the Nigeria Legion and members of the National Youth Service Corps, also participated in the walk. Mr. Adewale said: “To curb the menace, government should stop child abuse by parents. They should protect the young ones safe against all forms of attack and hawking especially by the girl-child, who should still be in school. “A committee will be set up to look into such cases and we shall work in partnership with the Lagos State Government.”Offenders should not be spared and l believe that the way forward is to continuously engage the various communities to prevent and respond to all forms of gender-based violence.” On his part, Mr. Animashaun urged the people to be “faithful ambassadors and armies” in the fight against domestic and sexual violence. The Coordinator of the State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, Vivour Adeniyi, said the walk was organised as part of efforts to sensitize the community to rise up against the crimes.

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