Jigawa state commissioner of police, Henry Fadairo, has said that less than one month after he took over the police command in the state, the command has charged 53 people to court over rape and sodomy.
Fadairo, who spoke to journalists in Dutse on Thursday, said the cases include 28 rape and 25 sodomy cases.
He noted that this was done in line with the desire of the Inspector-General of Police to ensure that those involve in this kind of inhuman crimes are made to face the wrath of the law.
The police boss called on parents, religious and traditional rulers to rise up against the rising spate of rape and sodomy in the state.
He said rape and sodomy are becoming prevalent in the state and urged that “something must be done very fast to stop it.”
He added that, “I have started parading them publicly and the idea is to make their prosecution serve as a deterrent to others.”
According to him, soon after he assumed office, “a compliant was received from Hadejia Police station that one Idris Abdu, 40, took a girl of nine years to his room and had canal knowledge of her. He confessed to have committed the crime, and he has been charged to Court.
“Also of recent, a father of a girl of 10 years reported at Gumel Police station that he saw his daughter with some money. When he asked her how she got the money, the girl narrated that she got the money from one Mohammed Abdullahi, a 40-year old man who took her into his room and had canal knowledge of her.
“According to the girl’s father, another man identified as Nasiru Mohammed who is 25-year old compelled her and took her into an uncompleted building and had canal knowledge of her. She further revealed that the same Mohammed Abdullahi had the same shameful act with her friend who is 10 years old.
“The father of the second victim also reported the case. The culprits confessed to their crimes, revealing that they had canal knowledge of the minors on several occasions.”
Fadairo further stated that in Garki Local Government Area of the state, “a mother of eight-year old girl reported to the Police that when her daughter was on her way to school, the Village Head of Kargo village, Abubakar Ya’u who is 60 years, blocked her and took her into his room and raped the girl.”
He said investigations by the police indicated that the Village Head committed the crime, adding that the suspect will soon be charged to court for prosecution. He particularly called on parents to be conscious of the movement of their children, adding that there was need to discourage the menace of teenage girls hawking on the street.
On armed robbery, Fadairo said his Command has successfully clamped down on a notorious robbery gang using army-camouflage to terrorize villagers and travelers in areas like Kaugama, Hadejia, Mallam-madori, Maigatari, Gumel, Taura and Garki Local Government Area of the state.
While assuring Jigawa residents of a crime-free society, Fadairo, however, vowed to deal decisively with criminals and unscrupulous elements whose business is to drag the good image of Jigawa state to the mud.