Posted by News Express | 3 November 2017 | 2,150 times
Leading women’s rights campaign organisation, Women Arise, and Child’s right NGO, CEEHOPE have led a team of campaigners to Ebute-Metta magistrate court to seek justice for Lagos-based engineer, Lawrence Idoko who was reportedly murdered by wife, Mrs Folashade Idoko.
Thirty-three-year-old Lawrence Idoko was said to have been stabbed to death by his wife at their residence at 20, Kosoko Street, Ayetoro area of Lagos State last August 20 for allegedly receiving a text message from a girlfriend.
Neighbours, including the landlord of the deceased, Chief Gani Akanni, testified of how the victim tolerated several physical attacks from his wife who was also known for fighting other neighbours and vandalising property at will. Akanni also explained how he had given the couple several eviction notices owing the woman’s violent tendencies.
President of Women Arise, Dr. Joe Okei Odumakin, while speaking to newsmen outside the courtroom, said: “For men experiencing domestic violence, silence is no longer golden. Speak up before it is too late. Violence against men in matrimonial setups is on the increase and we must end this menace."
“We believe that injustice to one is injustice to all. We believe that just like women, men can also be victims of domestic violence. We stand for #JusticeForLawrence and we have no doubt that justice will be served in this case. Again, we believe that it will serve as a deterrence to persons who perpetuate gender-based violence be it men or women,” CEE-HOPE’s Betty Abah added.
The case has been adjourned to December 4 to allow for legal advice from the state Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) while the accused remains in prison custody.
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