The Oluwo of Iwo, Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has said that he would distribute pepper sprays to ladies in his community as part of measures to protect them from rapists.
The Governor disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
“The palace of the Oluwo of Iwoland, HIM Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, will on Saturday, 15th June, 2020 distribute free pepper sprays to females in Iwoland.” he said.
“Interested females across the three local of Iwo, Ayedire and Ola Oluwa are enjoined to converge at Oluwo’s palace on Saturday by 10am.”
The statement added that there would be brief enlightenment and training on the usage of the pepper spray and protection against sexual assault.
The king had proposed the legalisation of stun guns and pepper spray to be used by women as protection against rapists.
The monarch, who was reacting to recent rape cases recorded in the country, said the items will protect females against such “an unjust treatment and return sanctity to our society”.
He said the use of the items would serve as short-term defence for women.
“Apart from a constitutional penalty against rapists, I want to charge the government to consider the legalisation of the use of stun guns and pepper spray by females as protective items against unapproved sexual attempts,” he had said.
“Many ladies were raped and killed. I’ve strong trust that the items, when approved for females will protect them against such an unjust treatment and return sanctity to our society. “