No fewer than 717 rape cases were officially reported to the police between January and May, this year, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has disclosed.
Adamu, after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, said he updated the president on sexual and gender-based violence across the country and the efforts of the police towards addressing the menace.
The IGP stated that law enforcement agents have been dealing with all reported rape incidents and gender-based violence and disclosed that 799 suspects have been arrested, 631 cases conclusively investigated, charged to court and 52 cases are under investigation.
He attributed the recent spike in rape and gender-based violence cases to COVID-19. “We are here to brief you on sexual and gender based violence and the action that government has been taking, particularly the police.
“It has come to public knowledge now 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.
“Law enforcement agents have been dealing with this cases, in most cases, members of the public are not aware of the actions that they have been taking,” he said.