The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, has decried the recent increase of domestic and sexual violence cases of all gender in the State.
A bill for a law to provide for the rights to entitlements by victims as well as the protection of witnesses in Lagos has scaled second reading at the state House of Assembly.
Members of the House said on Monday the bill would further endear the government to the governed and give residents the confidence to speak out where victimization has occurred.
The Speaker of the House, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, said the bill will strengthen the administration of criminal justice.
He added that the bill would help build confidence in witnesses that would want to testify before the court.
Earlier, the Chairman House Committee On Judiciary, Petitions, Human Rights and LASIEC, Mr Victor Akande told his colleagues that the bill would help to protect victims and as well provide assistance to them in the face of challenges.
In his contribution, Mr Rotimi Olowo (Somolu 1) said that there are people who suffer from different forms of victimization in the state.
He added that it is relatively difficult for victims to seek compensation, thus, there was a need to protect them.
“If we look at what is happening in Nigeria and Lagos in particular, it shows that there is a need to protect victims of a disaster. The bill is to protect the rights of those that suffer injustice.
“The bill is for every stratum of the society. A lot of people have suffered from different victimizations, some people’s properties are taken over unjustly and so it is certain this bill will address all the issues. I will urge my colleagues to support it,” Olowo said.
Mr Abiodun Tobun representing Epe 2, said the bill takes care of the protection of witnesses that would testify in the court of law, adding that most witnesses are scared of testifying because of the fear of being victimized.
In a related development, the bill to amend the Lagos State Pension Reform Law 2021 scale second reading on Monday as the bill was committed to the House Committee on Training and Establishment after extensive debate by the lawmakers.