Group seeks policy implementation to curb effect of domestic violence on economy
A 27-year-old man, Abdullahi Salisu, who allegedly assaulted a 100-year-old woman, yesterday appeared in an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court, Osun State.
Prosecution Counsel, Inspector Sunday Osanyintuyi, said the defendant committed the offence on August 16, at about 3:45p.m. at Sabo, Ile-Ife.
Salisu and others at large allegedly attacked Bintu Adamu and inflicted injuries on her forehead. They also attacked a housewife, Mrs Uman Adamu, 20.
The police officer said the offences contravened the provisions of sections 355 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2020.
Salisu pleaded not guilty to the three counts charges of conspiracy, assault and causing hurt.
Defence counsel, Leke Dada, pleaded for bail in most liberal terms. Magistrate A.A. Ayeni admitted him to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like amount. The matter was adjourned until September 24 for hearing.
Meanwhile, the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Lagos has called for implementation of legislations and policies that would curb the rising effects of domestic violence on the economy.
Speaking at the 56th Annual General Meeting themed: “Domestic Violence: Causes and Impact on Societal Development,” the Vice Chairman, YMCA, Lagos, Adedolapo Ayoola, said the effect of domestic violence has eaten deep into the nation’s economy, thereby hindering development in the society.
He said the pandemic has increased the vulnerability of women and girls to violence, as many countries have reported increasing cases of domestic violence and demanded emergency shelters, adding that Lagos State, between April and May 2020, recorded 227 cases, which represents the highest recorded rate in the entire history of the state.
Ayoola said the government needs to take a precise policy that addresses the issues, which are increasing, adding that the legislators should begin to take issues that concern domestic violence as a priority.”
A trustee of YMCA, Otunba Oyinlade Adedeji, said Nigeria, from time immemorial, has a lot of legislations in place, adding that the problem is the ability for “us to adapt ourselves to it and be disciplined.”