By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ekiti State Attorney General and Justice Commissioner Mr. Olawale Fapohunda have alleged that the battle against rape in the state is being hampered by some influential people.
She said that the interference of these powerful individuals who are advocating for rapists is causing a serious setback in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) in Ekiti.
This shocking revelation came as the government held its 1st GBV Summit in Ekiti on Wednesday and inaugurated a “His for Her Champion” as well as a GBV Referral Clinic in Moremi to address the threat of rape and sexual abuse. .
Speaking as a panelist at the summit, the Commissioner said: “No one or age is immune from rape. Minors, older people are involved. Whoever is found guilty now goes to life in prison. The rape issue is now a great shame for all of us and the trend must change.
“Whoever is sent to jail, we will take their photo and post it in their home, local government and town. Rape has been festering because people tolerate it. The same day I arrest the rapists or bring them to court, the traditional rulers, politicians and other important people will beg me to drop the case, this is wrong.
“Do not leave the fight for the government alone, it has to be collective. No more pleading on behalf of offenders. We are ashamed of the tendencies that rape has assumed. There can be no justification for the rape issue. The indecent dress of the ladies does not justify rape.
“Currently, three teachers are on trial at Ekiti. Some people even brought these minors to the hotel and had carnal knowledge of them. Some are reading politics to him and I always said that if voting for us would make us abandon a case against someone, it is better not to vote for us ”.
Governor Kayode Fayemi, speaking at the inauguration of the Moremi GBV Referral Clinic built within the Ekiti State University Hospital facility, said gender-based violence has become a global pandemic that must be addressed, and that violence against girls and boys is the most worrying.
“This Clinic will provide services for patients with HIV / AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, provide forensic evidence to support the legal process for the diligent prosecution of GBV offenders, refer cases related to sexual abuse, provide care for rape victims and psychosocial support and counseling for families.
“The governors forum had declared an emergency on gender violence, due to its psychosocial and emotional effects on our citizens and society. I entrust all Ekiti health workers to correspond to this gesture by providing quality services to the people of Ekiti, especially victims of gender violence ”.
The First Lady also appealed to the GVB ambassadors to broaden the scope of advocacy and awareness against violence to make the fight more virulent in Ekiti.
“Through the Attorney General’s Office, the 2013 Sex Offender Registry was reactivated in 2019. Additionally, the state of Ekiti now has a ‘Name and Shame’ policy that publishes the names and photographs of convicted sex offenders in the state. .
“A permanent site for the State Shelter was completed, supported by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant on the SDGs in the Presidency. The Transit Home for Women and Children and the Life Skills Acquisition Center will be put into service tomorrow, November 26, 2020.
“The GV Law of 2019 provides for a Survivors Fund. Since December 2018, this Fund has been used to help at least 213 survivors rebuild their lives. Some examples of assistance include rental accommodation, business start-ups, school fees and other needs determined by survivors ”.
The president of the State Council of Traditional Rulers of Ekiti, Oba Ajibade Alabi, represented by Alare de Are Ekiti, Oba Boluwade Adebiyi, stated that they have intensified the awareness of their subjects and have advised them to refrain from raping, abusing and mistreating women .
The Police Commissioner, Mr. Babatunde Mobayo, represented by the officer in charge of Legal Services, Mr. Femi Falade, said that the police officers had received marching orders to swiftly prosecute those found involved in violations and other crimes of GBV .