Abasi Femi Oguntayo
Ekiti State Government has announced new measures to curb sexual violence in the State.
These measures were announced today by the Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda Esq. during a Press Conference at the Ministry of Justice Academy.
According to Fapohunda, “there currently exists a number of measures including: the aggressive prosecution of sex offenders, the opening of a sex offender’s register to capture the data of offenders and the disqualification of offenders from benefitting from Mr. Governor’s Power of Prerogative of Mercy.”
He said, “all these measures have been implemented within the framework of the Fayemi administration’s zero tolerance policy for all forms of violence against Women and Children. However, it would appear as if these measures are not enough to curb this scourge.”
The additional measures to be taken are:
1) Pasting the photographs of convicted sex offenders in prominent public spaces in their communities and their Local Government Headquarters;
2) Issuing an advisory to the traditional ruler of the sex offender’s community on the status of the offender;
3) Uploading the Sex Offenders photograph on the website of the Ministry of Justice;
4) Showing photographs of Sex offenders on Ekiti State Broadcasting Service and announcing their names on Radio Stations in the State;
5) Compulsory psychiatric tests for all Persons of whom the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has issued ‘a case to answer’ Legal Advice for the offence of child defilement. This also includes Persons currently standing trial for the offence of child defilement.
Fapohunda added that these measures were in response to the State Government’s concern about the increase in sexual offences in the State.
According to him, “for the avoidance of doubt, these measures relate to sexual offences such as rape, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, and related offences.”
The measures take effect immediately.