The Niger State Police Command has raised the alarm over the growing rate of rape cases in the state with victims being mostly teenagers between the ages of two and seven.
The state Commissioner of Police, Muazu Zubairu, who spoke at a joint advocacy workshop by the International Federation of Female Lawyers and the state Child Rights Agency, told SUNDAY PUNCH that an average of four rape cases occured weekly.
According to him, the state recorded about 100 rape cases this year.
Zubairu noted that in one of such incidents, a 50-year-old man was arrested for having canal knowledge of a four-year-old girl.
In another instance, a 25-year-old man was said to have raped a two-year-old girl.
The police boss, represented by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Intelligence and Investigation, Abubakar Shuaibu, said in one of the cases taken to court, the suspect was found guilty and sentenced to seven years in prison without the option of fine.
The police commissioner added that the incidence of child abuse and domestic violence had been on the increase, blaming the economic situation in the country for the incidents.
Zubairu called for swift investigation of rape cases and other related cases to bring the culprits to justice without delay.
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