The Ekiti State Government has alleged that some powerful individuals are fond of interceding for rape offenders in the state, describing the interference as a serious impediment to the fight against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the state.
It, therefore, urged traditional rulers, religious leaders, as well as political leaders in the state, to take the advocacy campaign against GBV to their subjects.
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Olawale Fapohunda, stated this, yesterday, as the government held its first GBV summit in Ekiti and inaugurated a “He-for-She champions” as well as Moremi GBV Referral Clinic, to tackle the menace of rape and gender-violence.
The commissioner said: “Rape has been festering because people are tolerating it. The very day you apprehend rapists or take them to court, traditional rulers, politicians and other big people will be begging me to drop the case, this is wrong.
“No one or age is immune to rape. The minors and aged people are involved. Whoever is found guilty now goes to life imprisonment.