The Deji of Akure, Oba Ogunlade Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, yesterday urged residents to bring rape suspects to his palace for punishment.
He spoke in his palace before the beginning of a march by stakeholders. The exercise tagged: “A Walk against Rape”, was initiated by the Office of the Wife of the Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu.
The exercise attracted representatives of non- governmental organisations and interest groups.
It was led by Women Affairs and Social Development Commissioner Mrs. Titilayo Adeyemi.
The monarch said the spate of rape cases had reached an alarming level, adding that all hands must be deck to stop it.
Oba Aladetoyinbo suggested life imprisonment for any person convicted of rape.
He said the institution was ready to introduce traditional punishment for erring persons.
Said he: “Bring any person suspected of rape to the palace. We have special water we will give to the suspect. Once the person drinks the water, the curse will be on him for life.
“You don’t have to catch the person in action, once you suspect anybody; we shall make him to drink the water before we hand him over to the police for proper action. But I will first deal with the issue.
“I am also advocating that rapists should be sentenced to life imprisonment.”
Participants in the walk thereafter marched from the palace through the popular Oyemekun/Adesida Road to the ‘A’ Division Police Station, condemning rape.
Mrs. Adeyemi, who represented the governor’s wife, said everybody must come together to speak and take action against rape. [THE NATION]