NGO gets Osun CP’s support for speedy probe of SGBV cases
TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
A non-profit organisation in Osun State under the auspices of Community Advancement Initiative for Self Reliance (CAI4SR) has taken its advocacy for full implementation of Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPPL) to Osun State Police Command Headquarters and advocated for speedy investigation of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) cases in the state.
For CAI4SR, should the police carry out prompt and speedy investigation of the cases of SGBV, it would aid speedy justice delivery for survivors of the unlawful acts.
CAI4SR Executive Director, Mrs Eni Ayeni led members of other civil society organisations to Osun State Police Command and they were received by the New Commissioner of Police, CP Faleye Olaleye, and other top officers of the command.
Ayeni explained that the advocacy visit to the Command was part of efforts towards the full implementation of the VAPPL in Osun State to curb sexual and gender based violence.
She appealed to the CP to use his office to see to the speedy investigation of SGBV cases as stated in the laws.
She noted that her organisation and Lawyers Alert are members of the SGBV Justice Network (SJN) Cluster under the USAID SCALE project advocating for the activation/implementation of VAPPL and ACJL in Bauchi, Benue, Enugu, Kaduna, Osun, and the FCT, towards speedy justice service delivery and resolution of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) cases.
While responding, CP Faleye commended CAI4SR and other partners for their efforts in ensuring justice for survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.
He expressed his heartfelt opinion on how the case really touches him and how negligence has been the order of the day, where most of the survivor’s family often withdraw such cases from going to the court.
The police boss made known two types of cases as “compoundable case” which comprises of cases that can be settled outside court and the “non-compoundable case” which are cases that can’t be settled outside court such as case of rape, robbery and murder.
He gave emphasis on the fact that most of these cases are being withdrawn due to lack of knowledge and poverty of relations of SGBV survivors.
Olaleye appreciated the passion of the organization and promised to support the progress of the work.