Incest between fathers and daughters no longer family affair —Police

President, Women Arise, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin (sixth from left); Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State, Dolapo Badmos (seventh from left) and Nollywood stars, during the Public Awareness/Sensitisation roadshow on Thursday. Photo: Sylvester Okoruwa. INSET BELOW: From left, Chief of Staff to the Lagos State Speaker, Mr Wale Jafofo; Honourable Segun Oluade; Nollywood star, Mrs Foluke Daramola; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Mudashiru Obasa; President, Women Arise, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin and Honourable (Mrs) Adefunmilayo Tejuoso, during the awareness. Photo: Sylvester Okoruwa.

LAGOS State police command, on Thursday, described prevalent domestic violence against women and young persons in the society as unfortunate, noting that cases of fathers who rape their daughters should henceforth not be regarded as a family affair but rather a national issue.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Dolapo Badmus, gave the remarks while speaking at a protest march organised by Women Arise, at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Alausa, Ikeja.

The protesters were led by the convener of the group, Dr Joe Odumakin.

In his address, Speaker of the assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, appreciated the group for campaigning against domestic violence, saying that “I would congratulate you for this beautiful outing.”

Obasa stated that the assembly had passed a number of laws that were related to protection of women and children’s rights, saying that it would continue to support the cause of the group to ensure a violence-free society.

While lending her voice to the campaign, Badmus said “I am here representing the Lagos police command. We are aware of the various laws passed by the Lagos Assembly to address domestic violence. People should come up regularly with the issues for us to execute the laws.”

She urged those who had experienced domestic violence to summon the necessary boldness to report such cases as the command would always come to their aid in ensuring that justice was done.

The march culminated in the decoration of “champions” and “ambassadors” of campaigns against domestic violence. Some of the ambassadors included Nollywood actors such as Tunde Kelani, Saheed Balogun, Dayo Badmus, Dayo Amusa and the popular comedian, Ali Baba, among others.