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Incredible! Parents of Rape victims kick against Police Investigation in Niger

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Like every other state in the  northern part of the country, Niger state which is considered as the largest state in Nigeria,   is faced with  security challenges ranging from kidnap, banditry, cattle rustling and communal clash between farmers and cattle rearers. 

But one unique security challenge confronting  the state  is banditry. 

This is because it  shares boundary with flash-point states like Kaduna, Kebbi and Zamfara, where there are camps of bandits.

Niger State in the North Central geopolitical zone of Nigeria  has been bedeviled by criminal elements who unleash mayhem on defenseless residents with reckless abandon.

These bandits as gathered, come into Niger State to carry out their nefarious activities unhindered and thereafter, return to their bases. At times they kidnap villagers with the connivance residents,  and  thereafter, demand  ransom for their release. Sometimes they rape women and cart away cattle and other valuables. Unfortunately, help is usually far for  the victims, owing to  poor and  inaccessible roads , especially when it rains.

Also , Crime Guard’s investigation revealed that some of the affected  communities do not have communication network, a disadvantage that aids  successful operations whenever bandits strike. By the time news of the attack  will  reach security agencies , the bandits would have left with their loots.

Communities seriously affected include : Munya, Shiroro, Rafi, Mariga , Rijau and Kontagora  Local Government Areas .

Efforts 

Determined to checkmate activities of these bandits, Commissioner of Police, Niger State Police Command, CP Adamu Usman , upon assuming duty as the command boss in July 2019, put machinery in place. Today that singular act seems to be yielding results, owing to the number of arrests of suspects terrorizing the state.

Statistics 

Statistics at Crime Guard’s disposal revealed  that  between  January and October 2020, 240 suspects were arrested by the Niger State Police Command, with the recovery of  72 arms and 1,526 ammunition.

The recovered  arms included five AK 47 riffles, two  AK 49 riffles, 25 Magazines, two Air riffles, , nine locally made pistols, six locally fabricated short guns, 20 Single Barrel Dane guns and three Pump Action. Forty-nine other weapons which included 15 cutlasses , 11 knives and 23 sticks were also recovered.

In addition, 1,142 cattle, 658 sheep and two donkeys , including 18 vehicles were recovered in the period under review.

Kidnapping ranks highest

A breakdown of the 240  arrested suspects showed that kidnap  suspects were the highest number of arrest made in the state, with 87 suspects. There were reportedly 26 reported cases of kidnap, with 40 of the victims released by the command within 10 months.

Minors as rape victims

Culpable homicide ranked second ,with 74 suspects arrested, out of 13 cases reported.  Rape and sexual assault ranked third with 23 suspects arrested , while   21 armed robbery suspects  were arrested.

Surprisingly, most victims of rape and sexual assault were girls between ages six and 12.  Some of these minors were lured with money as low as N100 by  pedophiles old enough to be their grandfathers, in some cases.

An instance was the arrest of a Septuagenarian , identified simply as Mohammed who was arrested for allegedly defiling a 10 year-old girl in Chanchaga area f Minna, Niger State capital ,  four months ago.  Another arrest of  60-year-old Haruna Lawal, a Scavenger,  Haruna Mohammed , was  made three months ago in Wushishi local Government Area of the state. In this case, the suspect was alleged to have raped a nine-year-old girl, after luring her with N100.

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