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Investigate alleged assault on Ondo Women Affairs commissioner- NGO

An NGO, Sustainable Gender Action Initiative (SGAI), has called for an investigation into alleged public assault against Dr Olubunmi Osadahun, the Ondo State Commissioner for Women Affairs.

Mrs Mufuliat Fijabi, Executive Director (SGAI), on Monday in Abuja said the attack, which had gone viral on social media has negative impacts on Osadahun and absolute lack of respect for the office she holds.

There was a recent viral video showing one Mr Olumide Awolumate, the Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) in Arigidi, Akoko North West Local Government Area, in a physical attack with the commissioner.

” This act of violence perpetrated by award Chairman, Olumide Awolumate,of the All Progressives Congress in Arigidi, in Akoko North West,over palliatives, further reiterates the negative impact of patriarchy.

” It also shows absolute lack of respect for her person and the office she holds.

” This totally unacceptable act is no doubt a reflection of Gender Based Violence (GBV) that is prevalent across the country, which calls for an absolute condemnation by all.

” Women and girls deserve respect and dignity. This in spite of all the international and regional commitments that Nigeria has made as well as the adoption of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition, (VAPP) Act in 2015,” she said.

According to her, in spite of the fact that the Ondo State Government has also domesticated the VAPP Act in 2021, violence against women and girls still persists, calling for urgent investigation and prosecution to end the development.

“While the video clip displaying violent attack on the honorable commissioner has gone viral, SGAI wishes to state categorically that expedite action on investigation and prosecution will contribute significantly to setting a good precedence.

” This will deter others who are currently engaged in acts of violence against persons publicly and privately,” she added.

She therefore reiterated the commitment of the organisation to promoting inclusive governance and advocacy against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV). (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria