July 18, 2024

Ogun government takes over responsibility for minor molested by guardian


The Ogun State government said it has taken over the responsibility of the 12-year-old minor who was molested by her guardian in Ewekoro Local Government Area.

DAILY POST had reported that 25-year-old Temitope Adetanju allegedly inserted a piece of firewood into her victim’s vagina for stealing biscuits, Milo and Mr Fruit juice.

The incident, according to the police, occurred around 11 am on Thursday and the suspect was arrested by the Divisional Police Officer in Obada-Oko.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Adijat Adeleye, said on Friday that the ministry has taken up the responsibility of the minor for full medical attention and psychosocial support.

Adeleye said: “ Our attention was drawn to an alleged case of abuse and mistreatment in a viral video, where a minor is shown to have been badly beaten and tortured.

“In response, the Ministry has immediately swung into action to locate and identify the victim and the alleged perpetrator involved in this incident, Mrs Adeyanju Temitope, 25, who is currently in police custody. With the assistance of various stakeholders, we are obtaining relevant details to aid further investigation by law enforcement agencies.

“Furthermore, as part of our proactive efforts, we are immediately taking responsibility for the minor for full medical attention. We are committed to providing her with adequate medical and psychosocial support.”

She reiterated that the Abiodun-led administration is committed to safety and child protection while warning that anyone found engaging in actions contrary to the state child rights law will face the full wrath of the law.

The commissioner, however, appealed to members of the public to always protect and report any cases of child abuse or gender-based violence.



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