The Ekiti State Ministry of Justice, on Friday, made public the identity of a convicted sex offender, Rev. Asateru Gabriel, who sexually abused and exploited a 7-year-old girl.
According to a statement by the State Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapohunda, Gabriel has been registered in the Ekiti State Ministry of Justice Sex Offenders’ Register.
The convict, formerly of St. Andrews Anglican Church, Ifisin-Ekiti, is currently serving a five-year prison sentence at the Federal Prisons, Ado-Ekiti.
“The Ministry of Justice today began the publication of the names and photographs of convicted sex offenders in the state.
“We are commencing 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. The state government is concerned about the frequency of reported cases of sexual violence.
“It has, therefore, become necessary to put in place proactive measures to halt this trend. One of these measures includes 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.
“Reverend Gabriel is currently serving a five-year prison sentence in Federal Prisons Ado Ekiti. This publication is in furtherance of the Dr Kayode Fayemi administration’s zero-tolerance policy for all forms of violence against Women and Children,” the statement said.
The statement also highlighted additional measures to curb sexual violence in the State, including “pasting the photographs of convicted sex offenders in prominent public spaces in their communities and their local government headquarters.
“Issuing an advisory to the traditional ruler of the sex offender’s community on the status of the offender and uploading the sex offenders’ photograph on the website of the Ministry of Justice.
“Compulsory psychiatric tests for all persons of whom the Director of Public Prosecution has issued ‘a case to answer’ legal opinion for the offence of child defilement.”
In a tweet on his verified Twitter handle, Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi said the state has commenced the naming and shaming of convicted sex offenders as part of efforts to curb sexual violence in the state.
“Today, we commence the naming and shaming of convicted sexual offenders in Ekiti State. #SayNotoRape,” he tweeted.
Justice Oluwatoyin Abodunde of Ado-Ekiti High Court had on Monday, August 5, sentenced the 53-year-old priest to five years in prison.
His offence contravened the provisions of Section 31 of the Child Rights Law Cap C7, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2005.
In securing a conviction, the prosecution presented three witnesses from the office of the Department of Public Prosecution, and also tendered exhibits including a doctor’s report, defendant’s statement and the accounts of other witnesses.