• Fri. May 24th, 2024

Lagos Police Under Scrutiny For Handling of Domestic Violence Case, Allegations of Negligence

A disturbing case of domestic violence has brought the Lagos State Police Force under scrutiny for its alleged mishandling of the matter, with accusations of negligence and bias surfacing from the victim and advocacy groups.

Oluchi, a 40-year-old housewife, has come forward with harrowing tales of abuse allegedly inflicted by her husband, Longinus, spanning 18 years. Seeking solace and justice, Oluchi turned to the Advocates for Children and Vulnerable Persons Network (ACVPN) after enduring years of physical and emotional trauma.

Oluchi recounted instances of severe physical abuse at the hands of her 48-year-old husband, detailing how she was subjected to punches and kicks over the course of their marriage. Despite seeking help from the police, Oluchi claimed that she was met with indifference and skepticism, with authorities allegedly downplaying the severity of her situation.

Upon reporting the abuse to the Ejigbo Police Station, Oluchi was allegedly instructed to provide eyewitnesses to corroborate her claims, a demand she found unreasonable given the intimate nature of the abuse. The case was subsequently transferred to the Lagos State Police Command Gender Unit, where Oluchi’s plight took a turn for the worse.

According to Oluchi, rather than offering support and protection, the Gender Unit allegedly emboldened her husband and dismissed her decision to leave the marriage as “too harsh.” This response left Oluchi feeling abandoned and unprotected, particularly when her husband retaliated by locking up her source of livelihood, a provision shop she had painstakingly built.

Despite attempts to engage Longinus for his side of the story, he declined to speak with the reporter, raising suspicions of evasion and reluctance to address the allegations.

Advocates from ACVPN expressed dismay at the handling of Oluchi’s case, criticizing the bias and lack of adherence to established laws and protocols in handling domestic violence cases. They called on the Lagos State Commissioner of Police to intervene and address the systemic failures within the Gender Unit.

In response to inquiries about the case, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer denied knowledge of the matter, further fueling concerns about accountability and transparency within the police force.

As the case continues to unfold, it highlights broader issues surrounding the handling of domestic violence cases in Lagos State, underscoring the urgent need for reforms to ensure the protection and welfare of victims.

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