Following the rising cases of sexual violence and crime in the country, the Nigerian Police on Thursday said religious leaders are in the forefront of committing the crime.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police Command, Dolapo Badmos said statistics available to the Command showed that there has been an increase in the report of sexual crimes over the past few months.
She made the disclosure while speaking at a media parley on Thursday to flag-off a one-month long awareness campaign against all forms of domestic violence.
According to her, the Command is working closely with the office of the Attorney General of Lagos State and the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) to frontally address the issue.
She stated that from recent reports and investigations available to the Command majority of perpetrators of sexual offences were religious leaders hiding under religion to commit such heinous crimes.
Badmos said just few days ago, about 30 girls were rescued from an acclaimed man of God, adding that the state’s commissioner of police, Mr.Fatai Owoseni had already directed a discreet investigation on the case, while the public would be briefed in due course.
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