Rapists and wife beaters now face life sentences in Ekiti state

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[Ekiti]–The Ekiti State Government (EKSG) on Monday has announced rapists and wife beaters now face life sentences and that maternity leave period for women in its public service has been increased from 12 weeks to 16 weeks.

Mr. Kola Ajumobi, the Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Information, Youth and Sports Development, made this known at at a public enlightenment forum in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

He explained that the maternity leave gesture was approved by the state governor, Mr Ayodele  Fayose, as part of his display of love and special regard for women in the state.

He further explained that it was also aimed at encouraging exclusive breast feeding for newly born children in the first six months of birth and to promote good nutrition for both mothers and their new born children.

He added that harmful traditional practices to woman’s nutritional and sexual reproductive health, such as widowhood rites and inheritance had become criminal offences in the state.

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