The Ekiti State government has announced that it has begun to publish and shame convicted sex offenders on social media platforms and some public areas in the state.
This development means there will be zero tolerance for gender-based violence and sexual violence in Ekiti State.
To this regard, a photo of Reverend Gabriel Asateru, a former Anglican priest, who was convicted for defiling a seven-year-old girl was published on Governor Fayemi’s official Twitter handle.
— Kayode Fayemi (@kfayemi) August 16, 2019
The Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Olawale Fapohunda, had said the government was ready to go against all odds to prevent the state from being tagged a thriving land for violence against women and girl-child.
In a statement on Friday, Fapohunda said; “This publication is in furtherance of the Fayemi administration’s zero-tolerance policy for all forms of violence against Women and Children.
“The State government is concerned about the frequency of reported cases of sexual violence. It has, therefore, become necessary to put in place proactive measures to halt this trend.
“One of these measures include public notification of the status of convicted sex offenders by showing their photographs on Ekiti State Broadcasting Service and announcing their names on Radio Stations in the State”.
“The Ministry of Justice today began the publication of the names and photographs of convicted sex offenders in the State.
“We are commencing with a Public Notice on the status of Reverend Asateru Gabriel, a former Anglican priest who was convicted for defiling a seven-year-old girl.”