The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, said the Nigeria police had arrested about 799 suspected rapists and other gender-based violence across the country between January to May of this year.
Mohammed Adamu disclosed this to pressmen on Monday, after a closed-doors meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa.
According to him, it had been observed that the lockdown occasioned by the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, had given birth to a rise in rape and gender-based violent cases across the country, although they had always been there as forms of criminal activities.
“It has come to the public knowledge now that because of the COVID-19 restrictions, we have a 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 this 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, we 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.
“It is a very wicked offense, it is very serious offense, it is very wicked of an individual to engage in rape or defilement and there are a lot of causes; some are doing it for ritual purposes, some are doing it because they are within the family and they see the victims and have the urge to go into it and do it. But such people should not be allowed to go scot-free.
“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.” Adamu said.
The IGP, however, tasked members of the general public to collaborate with security agencies to combat the menace of rape and other forms of gender-based violence in the country, adding that the police and other security agencies, in collaboration with non-government organisations, were working to see that these crimes were stamped out.