By Rotimi Ojomoyela
There appears to be no hiding place for rapists and child abusers in Ekiti, as the state government has said it would henceforth conduct the compulsory psychiatric test and publish the names and photographs of offenders on the website of the Ministry of Justice.
According to the State Government, the names of such offenders would also be announced on the state-owned radio and television, while the monarch of the town he hailed from would be alerted for them to get information about his personality.
Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti, on Monday, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Wale Fapohunda, lamented that the menace is on the increase despite the high number of convictions recorded in the state.
He said that the governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, is disturbed by the increasing cases of sexual violence and that there was a need for effective measures to nip the situation in the bud.
Fapohunda said the new measures put in place will support the aggressive prosecution and exclusion of offenders from the governor’s prerogative of mercy that were already in place.
“The additional measures put in place include pasting the photographs of convicted offenders in prominent public spaces in their communities and their local government headquarters.
“Issuing an advisory to the traditional rulers of the offender’s communities on the status of the offender. Uploading the sex offenders photograph on the website of the Ministry of Justice.
“Showing photographs of sex offenders on Ekiti State Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State, announcing their names on radio and television.
“Compulsory Psychiatric Test for all persons of whom the Director of Public Prosecution has issued a case to answer legal advice for the offence of child defilement. This also includes persons standing trials,” he said.