The government in Nigeria has been accused severally of systematically aiding rape and other sexual offenses in Nigeria because of their lackadaisical attitude towards the investigation and punishment of sex offenders. Many Nigerians have suggested the death penalty for offenders while the lenient one's asked for castration of all rapists. This was rejected by the National Assembly and it led to a lot of backlash at the lawmakers.
However the Ekiti State government has taken very strict measures against sex offenders in the state.
Honourable Olawale Fapohunda Esq. who is presently the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice of the state addressed the stakeholders of the state and journalists in a press conference at the ministry of Justice Academy on the drastic measures the government is taken against perpetrators of this heinous act.
Fapohunda says "there presently exists a number of measures including the speedy prosecution of sex offenders, the opening of a sex offenders register to capture the data of offenders from benefitting for Mr Governor's Power of prerogative mercy". Below are the additional measures to be taken;
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.
He further stated " for the avoidance of doubt, these measures relate to sexual offences such as rape, child sexual abuse, sexual assault and related offences".
The Ekiti State government proved it's seriousness with this measure today Friday July 17, 2020 by publishing details of a convicted sex offender. He is a 66-year old man by the name Bayo Akintewe. He's a resides in the capital of the state, Ado-Ekiti.
The government further reveals he is a convicted sex offender presently serving a 5 year prison term in the Nigerian correctional centre, Ado-Ekiti for the rape of a minor (16 year old girl).
Bayo Akintewe has now been registered in the Ekiti state ministry of Justice sex offenders register.
This is indeed a strong message to all sexual offenders in the state, and a good news for Nigerians advocating stricter punishments for these sets of criminals.
I hope when Bayo Akintewe comes out of prison, he would strive to do good deeds that get his name in the Guinness Book of records or better the biblical Book of life for those who would make Heaven and not a register for sex offenders again.
A better Nigeria is what we ask and pray for where everyone would be safe. Whether children or adults, male or female, weak or strong.
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