As rape cases skyrocket in different parts of Nigeria and around the world, Katsina State experiences a high toll of the crime.
The Police department of Katsina state has reported that they receive nothing less than twenty to thirty reports of rape cases every month, especially from minors.
DSP Salisu Agaisa, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, made this known while briefing newsmen in Katsina on Monday 15th August. He said the command was concerned about the increasing rape cases and needs to act fast in order to curb the deadly vice.
According to Agaisa, it is disheartening to note that most of the victims are underage girls who are hawkers. There have also been some cases that resulted in the death of the victims while others were left with severe injuries. He, therefore, urged the public to continue to assist the police with vital information about rapists and other criminals in the state.
The spokesman said the police was ever ready to arrest and prosecute rapists to serve as a deterrent to others. He also urged parents to take proper care of their children so as to prevent them from being victims.
Also, Katsina state government amended the law against rape, which was passed in 2015. The new law provides for a minimum of 14 years or life imprisonment with a fine of N50,000 and compensation for victims by anyone found guilty of the offense.
Meanwhile, just last week a case of incest was recorded as a 40-year-old father of four, confessed to repeatedly raping his two teenage daughters without protection.
The victim was identified as Mr. Okon Jimmy Amah, a mechanic, and driver from Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, who constantly pleasured himself with his daughters, aged 16 and 13.
According to the 16-year old victim, her father has had sex with her severally to the point where she has lost count. Initially, Mr. Okon denied the allegation with the pretense that he was only checking his daughters if they were still virgins.
This is an alert to mothers especially, to watch their daughters, no matter how young they are, or whom they live with. Meanwhile, Katsina state police are doing their best to reduce the rate of the crime in the state.