Ekiti State Government is to conduct compulsory psychiatric test on any rapists and child abusers and publish the names and photographs of offenders on the website of the Ministry of Justice.
Government noted that the names of such offenders, would also be announced on the state owned radio and television, while the monarch of the town he comes from would be alerted for them to get information about his personality.
Addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Wale Fapohunda, expressed worries that the menace kept increasing despite high number of convictions recorded in the state.
He said Governor Kayode Fayemi, was disturbed by the increasing cases of sexual violence and that there was need for proactive actions 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 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.
The Commissioner pointed out that government would take actions that will deprive offenders of their rights to dignity.
Fapohunda stated that government was aware that conviction alone will not solve the problem, promising that public education and awareness would be stepped up to sensitize the populace.