By IFEOMA Ikem
United Nation International Children Emergency funds (UNICEF) said that Nigerian Police are in the forefront of the campaign against violence in children in Nigeria.
The world body said this at the Lagos State Command while donating electrical appliances and other office equipment to the command and the office of Defender to support Gender Juvenile welfare units in the State.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos, Mrs Rocio Aznar, Child Protection Specialist who
represented UNICEF while presenting the items commended the Lagos State Police Command for being in the forefront of the campaign against violence in children.
Rocio stressed the need to campaign against violence in children should be a continued exercise because in every 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys suffered domestic violent globally.
“We appreciate the commitment of the police and their support for the victims of violence.
We have observed its high prevalence and in the fore front of the campaign to stop this is the Lagos State Police Command,” she said.
According to her, the police effort prompted UNICEF’s support with some equipment.
Appreciating the police effort, she, however, added that suspects with minor offences should however be taken to juveniles centers instead of being mixed up with hardened criminals.
“We are here to support the Government of Nigeria and urge other MDAs to provide more support in managing victims of violence.”
Also speaking at the event, the Commissioner of Police Edgal Imohinmi. who was represented by DCP Bolaji Salami of the State Criminal Intelligence Investigation Department (SCIID).appealed to the UNICEF Child Protection Centre for more supports for Gender Juvenile welfare made the appeal while receiving the items donated to the Gender/Juvenile welfare units.
The CP further appreciated the gesture by UNICEFand assured the representatives that the equipments will be adequately utilized.