Federation of International Women Lawyers , FIDA, has commended the Ekiti State Judiciary for the conviction of a rape suspect, Babatunde Ibitoye, with other related issues being tried expeditiously to cleanse the state of this type of ill—mannered behaviour.
Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the chairperson of FIDA in Ekiti, Mrs. Rita Ilevbare, who gave the commendation for the landmark judgment committing Ibitoye to ten years jail term without option of fine.
An Ado Ekiti High Court had through a judgment delivered by Justice Toyin Abodunde last week Tuesday jailed Ibitoye, a school proprietor for ten years, for defiling an 11-year old pupil of his school.
The offence, which was a breach of the State Child Rights Acts 2012, was committed in June 10, 2013 during the administration of ex-Governor Kayode Fayemi.
Ilevbare , who rued the rampancy rape cases in Ekiti in recent time, charged those who had fallen victims not to conceal useful information that could be of help, saying shrouding such information under secrecy had never helped the fight against the menace.
She pledged FIDA’s financial and psycho-social supports to the victims of rape, while also assuring that no efforts will be spared to ensure that perpetrators of such act are made to face severe punishment.
“Our priority in FIDA is to protect, promote and preserve the rights of women and children in the fight against rape and defilement.
“Our utmost interest has been that their rights must not be abridged and we thank God that the law has taken its course in the case of Mr Ibitoye. We thank the parents of the victim for not burying the information about what happened to their child.
“We are particularly happy about the landmark judgements about rape cases in recent time. With these good judgements being delivered, we can boldly say that we are winning the war against rape.
“We are charging our ladies that there is life after rape. They shouldn’t allow such case to weigh them down.
“We are sensitizing our people and many cases have been discovered during our visits to some higher institutions. We are taking such cases up and we will ensure that the culprits are dealt with”, she said.

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