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Ekiti To Conduct Psychiatric Test On Sex Offenders

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Ekiti State Government on Monday said it has come up with additional measures aimed at checkmating incidences of sexual violence in the state.

The state government said it was particularly worried about the increasing rate of rape and child defilement despite current punitive measures put in place to arrest the situation.

Addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Monday, the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Olawale Faphounda said it became necessary to put in place proactive measures to halt the ugly trend.

The existing measures according to Fapohunda include, the aggressive prosecution of sex offenders, the opening of a sex offenders’ register to capture the data of offenders and the disqualification of offenders from benefitting from Mr Governor’s power of prerogative of mercy.

The Commissioner who noted that all the measures are being implemented within the framework of Governor Fayemi-led administration’s zero tolerance policy to for all forms violence against Women and Children.

He said, “However, it would appear as if these measures are not enough to curb this scourge.

“The additional measures that we now put in place are, pasting the photographs of convicted sex offenders in prominent public spaces in their communities and their Local Government Headquarters, issuing an advisory to the traditional rulers of the sex offenders’ community on the status of the offenders, uploading the sex offenders photographs on the website of the Ministry of Justice.

Other measures are “showing photographs of the sex offenders on Ekiti State Broadcasting Service Television and announcing their names on the Radio Stations in the state, 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 the innovation was part of mechanism initiated by the government to support the victims of sexual violence in the state.

He stated that the government was aware that conviction alone will not solve the problem, promising that public education and awareness would be stepped up to sensitise the populace.

 


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