The Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), on Tuesday said 89 men were battered by their wives in the state in the space of 15 months.
The state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Cecilia Bolaji Dada, who raised an alarm over the increasing number of men being battered on Tuesday at a ministerial news conference to mark the second year of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in office, held in Ikeja, noted that between 2020 and the first quarter of 2021, the ministry has treated 89 cases of men battered by their wives in incidents of domestic violence .
According to her, available record showed that in 2020, a total of 46 men reported at the ministry that their wives violated them, while in the first quarter of 2021, a total of 43 men reported battering by their wives, making it a total of 89 in less than two years.
“The figure captured only cases reported to WAPA and some cases had been reported directly to the Ministry of Justice and police station which the ministry might not be aware of.
“However, we also had a total of 664 women who were battered by their husbands in Lagos in the past year.”
According to the Commissioner, 378 women were violated by their husbands in 2020, while 286 women were battered by their husbands in the first quarter of 2021