Nigerian state, Ekiti publishes pictures of convicted rapists to serve as deterrence to others
London, April 17, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A Nigerian state government, Ekiti has publicly shamed two convicted sex offenders in its renewed onslaught against rape and other sexual offences to serve as deterrence to others.
It pasted the photographs of two convicted sex offenders, Basiru Adeyanju and Abiodun Olusola, in public places in the state and as well on various online platforms for the crimes they committed which earned them prison sentences.
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They are the third and fourth convicted sex offenders publicly shamed through publishing of names and photographs.
The State’s Ministry of Justice initiated the public naming and shaming of sex offenders in 2019 a bid to curb the frequency of rape and sexual harassment in the state, and an Anglican priest was the first casualty.
A public notice released by the state Ministry of Justice on Thursday stated that “the two had been registered in the ministry’s sex offenders’ register and as well published on all social media platforms of the ministry”.
A statement from the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Olawale Fapohunda, read, “The step was in furtherance of the zero tolerance policy of the Fayemi administration to violence against women and children”.
The action, according to Fapohunda, “is aimed at discouraging sexual violence against women and minors which has reached alarming rate in the state”.
Adeyanju, formerly of Irona Street, Ado Ekiti, was convicted and currently serving a 14-year prison term at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Ado Ekiti for the attempted rape of a 17-year-old girl.
Abiodun, on the other hand, formerly of Ijero Ekiti, is also currently serving a 10-year prison sentence in the same facility for the rape of a 61-year-old woman.
Recall that a former Anglican priest, Gabriel Asateru, and Ajibade Olaoluwa, who were both convicted for raping minors, were earlier publicly shamed.
The Ekiti State Sex Offenders Register was opened in 2013 while the public shaming started in 2019.