The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, says 717 rape cases have been reported in the country in the last five months.
Adamu stated this after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over the increasing cases of rape recorded in the country of recent.
Briefing State House reporters after the meeting, the IG, who said cases of sexual violence against women have been on the rise as a result of the lockdown caused by the outbreak of Covid-19, disclosed that 799 suspects have so far been arrested.
According to him, whereas 717 rape cases have been reported in the last five months, 631 of them have been thoroughly investigated and charged to court, while the remaining 52 cases are still being investigated.
Adamu also said the Nigeria Police and other security agencies as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations have been collaborating to jointly nip the matter in the bud, adding that the federal government has joined the league with a view to putting the scourge under control.
“It has come to the public knowledge now that because of the Covid-19 restrictions, we have surge in cases of rape and gender-based violence. These are cases that are now coming up but we want to let members of the public know that rape and gender-based violence has been there.
“The law enforcement agents have been dealing with these cases. In most cases, members of the public are not aware of the actions that the law enforcement agents have been taking.
“The Nigeria Police so far from January-May 2020, have recorded about 717 rape incidents that were reported across the country, about 799 suspects have been arrested; 631 cases conclusively investigated and charged to court and 52 cases are left and under investigation.
“The police and other security agencies and other non-governmental organisations have been collaborating, to see to it that these cases of rape and gender-based violence are dealt with.
“The NGOs and CSOs that have the capacity to deal with this kind of offences, have been cooperating with law enforcement agencies in capacity building, management of victims of rape and similar offences and procedures for collecting evidence, towards successful prosecution. The government has taken the matter to another level now because of the surge we have noticed,” he said.
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