Why justice eludes rape victims

– ERELU BISI FAYEMI

Ninety-five per cent of rape cases suffer from diligent prosecution, while perpetrators walk free, because of lack of watertight forensic and physical evidence.
The situation is worsened by dearth of forensic laboratories in the country.


Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, stated this when she led members of the state’s Gender-Based Violence (Prohibition) Law Management Committee on advocacy visit to the ministry of health.


As part of remedial measures, she advocated the establishment of rape crisis centre across the sixteen local government areas of the state.


Stressing the urgent need for the centre, she said it would give opportunity to victims of sexual assault to receive succour in an atmosphere of confidentiality.


When established, she urged the ministry to ensure that the centres were manned by skilled scientists and specialists and equipped with modern kits to assist in gathering reliable forensic evidence.


The centre will equally ensure that information and data gathered from victims were meticulously preserved to assist the police and other law enforcement officers to bring offenders to justice.


The governor’s wife said hea
lth officials that would be posted to the centres should be carefully selected and trained to be sensitive and sympathetic to the victims.


Erelu Bisi Fayemi, who is the chairperson of the management committee, said the members had paid similar advocacy visits to critical stakeholders to stem the tide of violence against women and girls in the state.


According to her, the team had visited the Ekiti State University, state judiciary, ministry of justice and state police command headquarters in an effort aimed at promoting the GBVL.
She stressed the need to have forensic and physical evidence that would enable the police and the courts to diligently prosecute rape and other cases of assault against women.
“If there is no forensic evidence to back such a claim, the case falls apart in court. That is why 95 per cent of sexual violence cases don’t get prosecuted,” Erelu Fayemi said.
The governor’s wife urged health institutions across the state to treat issues of gender-based violence with seriousness, as well as provide regular training on treatment of GBV patients.
In a position paper, the GBVL management committee called for health talks and awareness creation in the communities on how victims of GBV could access medical treatment.
The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Olusola Fasubaa, promised to ensure that the demands of the committee were met in good time as part of the contribution of the ministry to the campaign against gender-based violence.
He, however, solicited the assistance of the state government for the establishment of a forensic laboratory in the state.
The commissioner advised rape victims to visit specialists and general hospitals situated near them immediately after the act was committed to enable experts to attend to them and preserve evidence.

Fayemi Takes Over Treatment of 2-Year-Old Cancer Patient

Succour has finally come the way of little Daniel Popoola who was diagnosed of cancer of the eye as Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State offered to foot the bills for his surgery to be performed at Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday.

2-year-old Daniel, whose parents are from Ayetoro-Ekiti, was diagnosed of cancer of the eye at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.

As it turned out, his parents couldn’t afford the N800, 000 needed for his surgery and tried to reach the Governor at the NTA in Ado-Ekiti on Friday during the monthly “Meet Your Governor”, a media chat which provides a platform for the governor to interface with members of the public.

The Chief Security Officer to the Governor, Mr. Hakeem Abiola, at first didn’t know the seriousness of the boy’s condition, but on seeing him, he immediately coughed out N100, 000.

The Deputy Governor also donated N50, 000 while some other political office holders donated N57, 000.

But on Monday, Governor Kayode Fayemi directed the Commissioner for Health, Professor Olusola Fasuba, and the Chairman, Hospitals’ Management Board to take charge of the boy’s treatment while pledging to foot all his medical bills.

He also placed the boy under the care of a reknown ophthalmologist, Professor Owoeye.

After inspecting facilities at the Teaching Hospital, the ophthalmologist assured the governor that the hospital has the necessary medical facilities for the undertaking of the surgery.

Apart from the surgery which would be performed on Wednesday, the boy is also said to require chemotherapy.

In the meantime, the wife of the Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has paid a visit to little Daniel Popoola at the Teaching Hospital.

She donated various items for the upkeep of the boy and his parents while at the hospital.

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