The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ekiti State, Mr. Olawale Fapohunda SAN, has assured that the war against rape raging in the state will not cease with the present administration of Dr John Kayode Fayemi but will continue into the next adminstration.
Fapounda gave this assurance to parents of victims of rape in his office, at the state secretariat, Ado-Ekiti on Thursday. He said there is absolutely no need to worry about the post Fayemi era, assuring that the Governor elect, Mr Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji, was sufficiently aware of the crisis of rape in Ekiti State and would rather intensify than stop the fight.
According to the Attorney General, the zero tolerance policy for all forms of sexual violence in Ekiti State is appropriately enshrined in the Criminal Law of Ekiti State, thus legally sustainable by the incoming administration.
Fapounda said the Ministry of Justice was concerned about the recent spike in cases of child rape in Ekiti State, as elsewhere, and will not rest on its oars until it is totally eradicated.
The Attorney General also confirmed that his office was currently prosecuting a man of faith who raped a 13 year old girl and another who raped eight girls all under the age of 14.
Ekiti State has been at the forefront of prosecuting and getting judgements against perpetrators of rape and other forms of gender-based violence.
Fapounda assured that his ministry will not cease or reduce the tempo, except the perpetrators have a rethink and turn a new leaf.