The Lagos State Government on Friday said it has decided to enforce provisions of the Domestic Violence Law of May 18th, 2007 to ensure that Mr. Kelvin Noine, the Lebanese who physically abused his General Supervisor, Mrs. Alexandra Ossai is punished in accordance with the law.
Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire who made the revelation while speaking on the health condition of the woman said the law prescribes severe punishment for offenders adding that the Lagos State Government will not allow any foreigner to abuse Nigerians in the state.
He said government has placed its lawmakers on standby to review labour laws so as to make them more worker-friendly and prescribe minimum standard of operation in the work place.
She said the lawmakers will look into relevant laws, adding that where it is beyond the purview of Lagos State, government will ensure that federal lawmakers wade into the matter so as to ensure that no resident of the state is physically abused in the workplace.
The deputy governor who briefed the press in company of Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Aderemi Ibirogba and Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Alhaji Hakeem Bello said Ossai has been taken into custody and is currently being kept in one of the special homes designated for women who have been physically abused in Alimosho.
She called on men and women who are in distress to speak up so that the state can dispatch men to rescue them adding that it is for this reason that the state government passed the Domestic Violence Law in May 2007 with severe punishment for perpetrators.
She said the affected woman lives in Lagos and that the state government has a responsibility to take care of her welfare and that the state delayed in speaking on the issues since she was still being treated and that she has now been discharged from hospital.