By Gboyega Akinsanmi
Lagos State Government Tuesday put cases of rape committed in the state at 283 in 2011, out of which 11 suspects were duly prosecuted and convicted during the same period.
Special Adviser on Youth Social Development, Dr. Dolapo Badru, revealed this at a news conference held at the state secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja calling for collateral action against rape.
Badru said the cases involved one of which a father who impregnated his daughter and was prosecuted and later convicted just as he said a total number of 4,387 new family welfare cases were treated.
The Special Adviser thus expressed profound concern of the state government to bring the trend to the barest minimum, assuring residents of commitment to fight the crime.
According to him, “We are also very concerned with the issue of abandoned babies, child abuse, sexual abuse and lack of care for people living with disabilities.”
He explained that the abandoned babies were rescued after their mothers abandoned them, adding that the babies were taken to various government homes and private orphanages.
“The rate babies are dumped has increased in Lagos State. Adoption is a process of establishing legal parentage of a child in need of permanent home in a loving environment.
“The child might have been abandoned, or an orphan in need of a permanent home. From June 2011 till date, 753 applications were received from prospective adopters out of which 709 were local, 24 international, seven from relative while nine from fostering.
“Prospective adopters were screened in order to determine their suitability for adopting children, while 82 children were released
for adoption, 85 were legalised through Juvenile courts. 308 letters of approval were granted,” he
He added that his office currently “relates with such countries as Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany and Canada in respect of international adoption.”
On its rescue operation across the state, the special adviser said the office evacuated beggars and destitute from all the five divisions of the state, which included Ikeja, Badagry and Ikorodu among others.