Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s resolve to stem domestic violence in the state saves a victim.
In line with the mandate of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration to stem the tide of all forms of abuse, the state Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) has intervened in a case of domestic violence that had been perpetrated for over 25 years by a man on his wife.
Coordinator of the DSVRT, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi in a statement she signed yesterday said the case was brought to fore when a relative of the victim spoke out to the media on the ordeal.
She said the Team immediately proceeded to contact the victim, Mrs. Oridota Oladele, a 63 year old and bread winner of her home, to enlighten her on her rights, support services at her disposal, and ascertain what she wanted out of the situation.
“The Director of Citizens’ Rights, Mrs Omotilewa Ibirogba, with other team members met with her, and she insisted that all she required was officials of government to talk to her husband to desist from acts of physical, psychological, emotional and verbal abuses which are all crimes contrary to the Prevention Against Domestic Violence Law, 2007”.
“A referral letter was subsequently done to Isokoko Police Station which is a representative of the Police Force in DSVRT and houses a Family Support Unit. Some members of the Team also accompanied the victim to the Station where the matter was duly reported.
“Upon her making her report, police officers in company of DSVRT members went to the couple’s place of residence for the purpose of transporting the husband to the station for questioning and cautioning”, Vivour-Adeniyi said.
She said a Memorandum of Undertaking was signed at the station by the victim’s husband that he would desist from domestic violence or he would be arrested and a Protection Order gotten against him.
“The Ministry of Health, also a member of DSVRT was informed of the case and are working on taking up her treatment free of charge as the victim is in need of constant medical attention and care”, she said.
She said The Ben Bruce Foundation, one of DSVRT’s partners upon hearing Mrs. Oladele’s situation pledged to support her as her means of livelihood has been affected by her predicament.
The DSVRT Coordinator added that the progress of the couple will continue to be monitored by the Team and the Police.
She reiterated her call to family members, neighbours and concerned citizens to assist victims of domestic violence by reporting to the police station or the DSVRT by calling 112 or 08137960048.
– Emmanuel Okudolo