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Authors: A. Gbemileke and O(ladimeji) Oladepo

Title: A Five-Year Analysis of Police Records on Sexual-related Offences in Lagos state, Nigeria

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Journal: African Journal of Biomedical Research

Volume: 18

Issue: 2

Year: May 2015 (Received: January 2015, Accepted: March 2015)

Pages: 109-121

ISSN: 1119-5096 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Nigerian History | Prosecution: Police, Reporting


Link: African Journals Online (Free Access)


Authors: Oladimeji Oladepo, Department of Health Promotion and Education, University of IbadanResearchGate

Abstract: »Sexual violence is a major public health problem that calls for urgent attention in Nigeria. Surveys have shown that the prevalence of rape ranged from 4.4 to 21.3 per cent in different populations but information on outcomes of these offences have not been fully investigated. Furthermore, little is known about the nature, extent and pattern of sexual offences reported to the police. This study documented the pattern of sexual offences reported at the Metropolitan Lagos State Police Commands from 1999 to 2004. The study is descriptive and retrospective in design. Following the compilation of reported sexual offences from Crime Diary and Case Files, two pretested checklists were used to extract information on socio-demographic characteristics of perpetrators and victims and sexual context. In-depth interviews were also conducted with eighteen Police officers who are responsible for sexual offences. Statistical Analytical System (SAS) package was used to generate descriptive statistics. A total of 691 sexual offences were reported during the period under consideration. Rape accounted for 40.1% of the offences, 44% of the crimes were committed at the perpetrator’s house, and virtually all victims 98.4% were females whose ages ranged from 4 to 56 years; victims were mostly neigbours to the perpetrators(42%). Only forty-seven case files were available for review as most were missing due to inadequate storage, Most(76.6%) of the Case files were withdrawn, 12.8% were under investigations, while 8.5% status were unknown. Preventive efforts that provide sexual health education that will equip young people with necessary skills to protect themselves be promoted.« (Source: African Journal of Biomedical Research)


  Introduction (p. 109)
  Methodology (p. 111)
    Design (p. 111)
    Study Area (p. 111)
    Participants (p. 111)
    Instruments and Procedures for Data Collection (p. 111)
    Review of Records (p. 111)
    In-depth Interviews (p. 111)
    Data Collection Method (p. 112)
    The Procedure for Data Collection (p. 112)
    Data Management and Analysis (p. 112)
    Ethical Considerations (p. 112)
  Results (p. 112)
    Sexual violence reported at the Metopolitan LGA Police commands (p. 112)
    Socio-demographic profiles of victims and perpetrators (p. 112)
    Context of sexual offences (p. 113)
    Sexual context from the police experiences (p. 114)
    Persons who reported sexual violence to police (p. 116)
    Relationship of victims to perpetrators of sexual violence (p. 116)
    Scene of crime of sexual violence (p. 116)
    Police investigations of sexual violence (p. 116)
    Outcome of reported cases of sexual violence (p. 117)
    Reasons perpetrators give for sexual offences (p. 117)
    Factors contributing to the offences and how the society influences its perpetration (p. 117)
    Roles of the police in curbing sexual offences in the society (p. 118)
  Discussion (p. 118)
  Recommendations (p. 120)
  References (p. 120)