89 men from Lagos were beaten and raped by their wives in 15 months – Commissioner

89 men from Lagos were beaten and raped by their wives in 15 months – Commissioner

The Lagos state government said 89 men reported abuse by their wives in domestic violence cases between 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.

This was announced on Tuesday by Commissioner for Women and Poverty Reduction (WAPA) Cecilia Bolaji Dada at a ministerial press conference on the occasion of Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s second year in office in Ikeja, Lagos.

The Commissioner said 46 men reported to the ministry in 2020 that their wives had raped them.

He added that a total of 43 men reported violence by their wives in the first quarter of 2021, a total of 89 men in less than two years.

He said this figure only reflects cases reported to WAPA, and that some cases have been reported directly to the Justice Department and the police station, which the ministry may not be aware of.

However, Dada found that a total of 664 women had been abused by their husbands in Lagos over the past year, according to WAPA reports.

The Commissioner reported that 378 women were raped by their husbands in 2020 and 286 women were beaten by their husbands in the first quarter of 2021.

Dada said the ministry’s empowerment initiatives and poverty alleviation programs have impacted the lives of more than 48,000 people in the state over the past two years.

He said that WAPA will also begin to introduce its students to the use of technology, as well as introduce women to new vocational training methods, given the impact of COVID-19 and the need to adapt to new norms in the digital space.

She said, “With that in mind, 500 women will be trained in entrepreneurial and digital marketing in June 2021 as part of plans to celebrate this year’s International Widows Day.”

“In addition, WAPA is also expanding its scope to provide our women with more opportunities to take advantage of the professional platform. This is why 5,780 members have been included in our Mega Empowerment initiative so that through their productivity they can also contribute to the growth of Lagos’s GDP. ”

Source: – Sahara Reporter.

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