Lagos state assigns special courts for sexual offences

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Lagos State Government has inaugurated four special courts solely for the prosecution of sexual offences and corruption cases.

Report says two courts will adjudicate on special offences (economic and financial crimes), while the two others will try sexual offences.

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, while inaugurating the courts, lauded the Chief Justice of Nigeria for initiating it at the federal level.

Ambode, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Oluranti Adebule, said Lagos was collaborating with the British Council under the Rule of Law, Anti-Corruption Programme to provide technical support for the anti-corruption fight.

He noted that the establishment of the courts would facilitate the hearing and trial of sexual and financial related crimes.

Amdode who spoke on the statistics of the sexual crimes handled by the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) and Mirabel Centre in Lagos, also disclosed that the state government had awarded a contract for the expansion of the DNA and Forensic Centre in the state.

According to him, “Between 2015 and now, the DSVRT and Mirabel Centre have handled over 400 cases of sexual offences while 376 cases are being prosecuted in the various courts.

Meanwhile, report has confirmed that the sexual offences court is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

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