The Lagos State Government has announced that at least 150 females were raped, while 31 babies were abandoned and then 1340 beggars taken off the streets of the metropolis in the last one year.
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Speaking at a press briefing in Ikeja on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, said that about 150 cases of sexual and physical abuse were documented, while five pregnant schoolchildren were aided to access necessary ante-natal and delivery services and were also integrated back into school.
She said: “Also, a total of 57,350 schoolchildren benefitted from individual and group counselling sessions to curb truancy, gangsterism and other social vices. About 150 reported cases of sexual abuse and physical abuse were treated. Five pregnant schoolchildren were assisted to access adequate antenatal and delivery services. They were also integrated back into school.”
“The Child Protection Unit is responsible for the rescue and referral of all abandoned babies and children in the state to orphanages and homes. It also carries out child audit on the registered orphanages to decongest the homes and discourage institutionalisation. A total of 31 babies —19 females and 12 males — were rescued during the period under review.”
The commissioner also revealed that no fewer than 85 suspected rapists and paedophiles had been taken to court while the cases were still pending.
Mrs. Akinbie-Yusuf further disclosed that about 74 babies were released for adoption, even as 81 adoptions were legalised through the family courts.
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She said the government took 1,340 beggars, the destitute and the mentally-challenged off the streets of Lagos.
“A total of 590 rehabilitees were released and re-united with their relations for re-integration.
“The state government provides medical and vocational facilities to help in turning the lives of beggars around. About 147 rehabilitees are currently undergoing vocational training at the Lagos State Rehabilitation and Training Centre, Majidun,” she said.