The Commandant, Sokoto State Hisbah Commission, Dr Adamu Kasarawa, said the commission recorded 606 rape cases across the state in 2019.
Kasarawa disclosed this
in an interview with newsmen on Sunday, February 23, 2020 as he criticized the
rampant cases of sexual assaults in the state.
He said the 2019 figure was up from 296 cases in year 2018, stating that in January 2020 alone about 31 cases of sexual abuses were recorded. He said the cases comprised illegal camping of young girls, sodomy, rape mostly involving young girls and teenagers between the age of five and 16.
The commandant explained
that the offenders cut across all calibre of people in the society, including
politicians, traditional rulers, clerics, businessmen and women.
He attributed the menace to the negative attitude of some parents, adding that the issue of poverty and greed had made sexual exploitation more rampant in the state.
Kasarawa also identified political interference with legal process to prosecute and pass judgment against the culprits.
Kasawara urged the State Government to empower the commission inorder to tackle the menace and other social vices in the state by providing necessary facilities, operation vehicles, modern security gadgets, training of staff and funding.