The command wishes to revive juvenile centres.
The Ogun State Police Command has declared its readiness to partner with Child Protection Network, CPN, a UNICEF affiliated organisation, towards fighting the menace of child abuse in the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, made this known during a courtesy call on him at the Eleweran Police Headquarters, Abeokuta, by the executive members of the Network.
He disclosed that the police was in tune with the activities of the organisation and was committed to supporting it in all ramifications.
He stated that, as part of his command’s commitment towards the organisation’s cause, the women and juvenile centres in the state would be revived. He said that professionals would henceforth be assigned to the centres, promising that cases of child abuse would no longer experience delay
He, however, tasked the network on the need for public sensitisation and enlightening parents and guardians on the rights of their children.
In her remarks, the Ogun State Coordinator of CPN, Peju Osoba, explained that the organisation’s major role was overseeing the welfare of children and ensuring their rights. She added that the organisation operated in all states of Nigeria.
She admitted that since the inauguration of the state chapter of the Network a year ago, the body had continued to enjoy tremendous support from the human trafficking department of the Ogun police.
She, however, requested that a special unit dedicated to child abuse cases be created and transit camps provided for abuse victims, especially street children, pending when they would be reunited with their families.