The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, has said that violence against women and children was against human values.
The CP, who was represented by Samuel Olawore at a one day workshop organised by the state command on Tuesday to herald the 16-day activism against gender-based violence, stated the crisis of violence against women and children is a great shame to the state and the country at large.
The CP said, “Violence against women and children goes against human values and everything we stand for as a nation. We grew up being taught that as men and boys, we must respect women and protect children. But as a nation, we have lost our way. Our communities are in the grip of violence against those we are supposed to protect.”
He stated the police in collaboration with the state government through the Vivian Centre for Gender-based Violence had put up mechanisms in place to improve access to justice for survivors, prevention campaigns to change attitude, measures to strengthen the criminal justice system and the creation of economic opportunities for women who vulnerable.
He added, “We are working to reduce gender-based violence case backlog and set up a call centre through thought the office of the Police Public Relation Office and Vivian Centre to deal with complaints against gender-based violence. Our message to those who abuse women have been abundantly clear and there is no place in the society for them.”
The OC Medical, Margaret Oyakhire, said the main task for forensic experts in rape cases is to conduct and supervise the analysis and interpretation of results obtained from exhibits pertaining to DNA, blood, vagina secretion, semen, urine among others.