Muhammad Adamu, Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, (IGP) says the Nigeria Police arrested 2,792 suspects of sexual and gender-based violence in 2020.
Adamu disclosed this in a statement signed by Frank Mba, the Police Public Relations Officer.
The IGP linked the arrests to the 2,573 cases being currently prosecuted by the Force Gender Unit in different courts across the country noting that others are still under active investigations.
He expressed displeasure over the culture of silence in concealing crimes against women and children.
The police chief, however, enjoined parents and guardians to keep a close watch on their children and report any case of sexual and gender-based violence to the police.
Nigeria recorded a rise in the cases of SGVB during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
“We have a surge in cases of rape and gender-based violence,” the IGP told journalists in May 2020 when the record stood at 717.
The rise in the cases triggered a declaration of a state of emergency by governors across the country.
Meanwhile, the operatives of the Nigeria Police INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) have arrested two persons in Kano State, Northwest Nigeria over an alleged trans-border/international child pornography.
According to the police, the suspects, Ibrahim Mu’azzam Aminu and Muhammad Tahir Umar belong to a WhatsApp group owned and managed by a Brazillian called Adriana where they share illicit videos of underage girls they sexually exploited.
“Their arrest followed intelligence received from the INTERPOL NCB, Brasilia. Exhibits recovered from the suspects include three mobile phones and a laptop computer,” the IGP said.
He stated that forensic investigations/analysis carried out by the police team on the gadgets revealed the series of pornographic/erotic videos with underage girls which the suspects shared on the internet for a fee denominated in US Dollars.
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