Ekiti State Government on Friday opened a Sex Offenders Register with the photograph and profile of a convicted rapist and Christian cleric, Rev. Asateru Gabriel.
The Anglican cleric was sentenced to seven years in prison for raping a seven-year-old girl.
He is currently serving his term at Ado Ekiti Federal Prison.
A statement from the state government says the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapohunda, is in charge of the register.
It reads: “PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
In response to the frequency of reported cases of Gender-based violence and sexual abuse, the Government of Ekiti State has today begun the publication of the names and photographs of convicted sex offenders in the State.
“This is part of the proactive measures deployed by the State Government to rid Ekiti State of all forms of violence against Women and Children.
“Today, the Ministry of Justice under the leadership of @AGWaleFapohunda commenced with a Public Notice on the status of Reverend Asateru Gabriel, a former Anglican priest who was convicted for the sexual abuse of a seven-year old girl.
“Reverend Gabriel is currently serving a five-year prison sentence in Federal Prisons, Ado Ekiti.
“Other additional measures to curb Sexual Violence in the State include:
i. Pasting the Photographs of convicted sex offenders in prominent public spaces in their communities and their Local Government Headquarters;
“ii. 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;
“iii. Issuing an advisory to the traditional ruler of the sex offender’s community on the status of the offender;
iv. Uploading the Sex Offenders photograph on the website of the Ministry of Justice @ekiti_MOjustice;
“v. Compulsory psychiatric tests for all Persons of whom the Director of Public Prosecution (D.P.P) has issued ‘a case to answer’ legal opinion for the offence of child defilement.”