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LASG Simplifies Laws On Domestic, Gender-Based Violence

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The Lagos State Government has simplified version of relevant laws on Sexual, Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).
The Executive Secretary of Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi made the announcement on the agency’s official Twitter handle yesterday.
Vivour-Adeniyi said the state government had declared zero tolerance for all form of SGBV crimes by enacting laws and formulating policies all geared toward preventing, providing and supporting the survivors of SGBV.
“In demonstration of the state government’s resolve to eradicating SGBV, the DSVA was established to ensure total eradication of the menace in the state.
“The relevant laws on domestic and sexual violence which include Protection Against Domestic Violence Law 2015, Criminals Law of Lagos State, 2015 and Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency Law, 2021, were simplified to provide holistic response to issue of SGBV.’
Vivour-Adeniyi said that the law among other things establishes the Lagos State DSVA and the sex offenders register.
“The purpose of the law is to protect survivors of SGBV from all forms of discrimination, stigmatisation and ensure that they have access to medical legal and counselling assistance.
“The law further provides for the Gender-based Violence desk in every local government in the state to enable people report cases of SGBV.
“According to Section 2(3) of the DSVA Law, it encourages individual such as a counselor, teacher, health service provider, police officer, social worker, NGOs, parent, family member to file an application on behalf of a victim.
“A person who also have an interest in the well-being of the victim can also apply on behalf of victim of SGBV.”
The DSVA law, Section 364 provides three years imprisonment for sexual harassment, section 267 stipulates three years jail term for bestiality.
“Section 265 provides five years for engaging a person in sexual activity without consent.
“According to Sections 268-269, abducting a female with intention of having sexual intercourse with her is seven years but if the person is under 18 years, the penalty is 10 years imprisonment if found guilty,” she said.
DSVA said the court was empowered to grant an order protecting the applicant and such order could be served on the abuser.
“The court can make different order such as stopping the abuser for further committing domestic violence, prohibitng the abuser from enlisting the help of another person to commit such crime.
“Restraining the abuser from entering the residence shared with the complainant and entering the victim’s place of work and compelling a police officer to accompany the victim to a specific place, home to collect personal property,” it said.
According to DSVA, the court can also grant certain maintenance order which include; payment of children school fees, house fee, feeding and monthly expenses.(NAN)

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Mgbundukwu Community Crisis: Paramount Ruler Wins Round One

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The chieftaincy crisis that has been rocking the Mgbundukwu Community in Mile II, Diobu, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State has taken another twist.
According to a press release signed by the Palace Secretary, Chief Chijioke Amadi, and made available to the press, “The Paramount Ruler/Nyenweli Mgbundukwu Community, Eze Owabie Tobin has won the round one of the matter.” It added that the factional leaders of the community could not prove their case against the monarch at the Zone 16 of the Rivers/Bayelsa States Police Command, where the matter was reported.
The release stated further that since the community did not present any challenger to the said throne and the monarch, having substantiated his coronation for the throne with evidence shows that he is still the King.
Amadi stated further that from every sense of reasoning, the paramount ruler is not taking the matter lying low and plans to sue the factional leaders of the community to the High Court for malicious damages, libel and defamation of character.
They also stated that the alleged attack on the paramount ruler was politically motivated as he was perceived as having sympathy with the Governor Nyesom Wike government while the leaders were predominantly of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
Most of the leaders, other sources say are on the run as the royal father prepares to start the round two of the matter.
The good thing, according to a community leader in a nearby community, Mr. Simeon Wigodo, is that the case has not affected the administration or socio-economic activities of the Mgbudunkwu Community neither have the people resorted to violence as some others would have done.
Amadi indicated that sometime earlier this year, some persons from the community questioned the authenticity and origin of their paramount ruler/Nyenweli after 23 years on the throne by not only putting it in writing but went ahead and allegedly assaulted the monarch during one of their town hall meetings and still dragged him to the Police Zone 16 headquarters in Bayelsa State but could not substantiate their allegation, and abandoned the case and disappeared.

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Bonny Security Is Top Notch – LG Boss

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The authorities of Bonny Local Government in Rivers State say security of lives and property remains top notch
This was disclosed yesterday by the Chairman of the Council, Hon Anengi Barasua, in her office while receiving an award of excellent performance by the weekly watch.
Hon Anengi said essence of adequate security could not be over emphasised.
She noted that it would give room for conducive working environment among her people and companies ,industries opeatng in the area.
The Bonny first female Chairman opined that necessary support had been given to all security agents by her administration to achieve such feat.
Anengi explained that in the past, Bonny used to experience sea piracy and other forms of security threats ,but since she assumed office all ha become things of the past.
She vowed never to compromise security of lives and property of her people.
“Security of lives and property of our people is top notch to us .
In the past, we used to experience sea piracy and other forms of security threats ,but since I assumptef office all have been a thing of the past
“We have achieved this by working closely with the security agents
On no account can I compromise security of the people ,” she declared
Hon Anengi commended Governor Nyesom Wike for priotising security which had helped her achieve much success.
She described Governor Wike as a great leader whose footprint would be difficult to erase in Rivers political annals.
Anengi said she remained grateful to Governor Wike for the opportunity given her and other Rivers women to prove that they could do it better.
She noted women of Rivers State and beyond would continue to appreciate him and give necessary support to him.
She commended the efforts of the media especially weekly watch for recognizing Excellency and hardwork
While acknowledging the effort of weekly watch in the development of Rivers State.
While admitting that the prestigious award was a challenge to escalate scope of work and do it better.
She said the grace of God had been enormous and sufficient.

By: Chidi Enyie

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Insecurity In Nigeria Is Alarming – Lawyer

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A Port Harcourt based lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Chijioke Agi, has described the insecurity in the nation as alarming.
Mr. Agi, who made the remarks while speaking with journalists in Port Harcourt, on Monday, expressed regret that leaders had put the nation on a precipice.
He said recent development in the country had blatantly shown that there was no leadership.
He opined that the killings and shootings in Abuja, the country ‘ s federal capital territory was quite benumbing and underscored the fact that the military could no longer contain insurgency in both the northeast and northwest.
He noted that in spite of the huge resources spent the military there was nothing to show for it.
Mr. Agi said the call for President Mohammadu Buhari’s impeachment by the national assembly was pretty belated given the quantum of losses the country had suffered in all sectors of the economy.
He said the present administration had undermined the progress of the nation and caused nationwide poverty.
The Port Harcourt based lawyer remarked that the nation would grind to a halt if the present administration had more time to stay in office.
He stated that the anti-corruption was a mirage and pointed out that corruption had gained more grounds in the present administration.
“A country blessed with abundant natural resources is borrowing to pay salaries of workers. How long will that be? It’s pathetic,” he stated.
He said that there was no unity among Nigerians and explained that leadership by the mediocre had put paid to the achievement of national goals.
Mr. Agi said unless the nation had a way of bringing its leaders to book and holding them accountable the expected change would never come.
He said it was disheartening to see the masses reeling in abject poverty in the midst of abundant human and resources.
The lawyer called for deliberate and concerted effort to choose a good leader in 2023.

By: Chidi Enyie,

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