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Adamawa CP Warns Police Officers Against Handling Rape Cases Lightly

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By Hassan Umar SHALLPELLA, Yola

The new Commissioner of Police in Adamawa, Adamu Aliyu Alhaji has vowed to deal with perpetrators of rape and warned police officers handling rape cases and other crimes against compromising their responsibility in the discharge of their duties.

Adamu made the remark in his office at the Police headquarters Yola, when a civil society organization Adamawa Coalition Against Rape (ACAR) led by the convener Hajiya Asmau Joda paid him a courtesy call, stressing that it is demoralizing that a reported rape case is being misreported.

The Commissioner of Police who expressed appreciation for the visit and the activities being carried out by the Coalition, said it is a welcome development of joining hands together to fight the menace in the society.

He maintained that for the war against rape and other crimes to succeed, all hands must be on deck, stressed the need for the organization to sensitize parents of the victims on the benefits for them to be part and parcel of pursing their case to logical conclusion.

Adamu assured parents of the victims that doors of the Command are always open to entertain any of their grievances so as to checkmate any obstacles that hinders them from getting justice within the Police circle.

He explained that the force is serving humanity and urged the general public to furnish them with all relevant information on any issue that will make Adamawa a crime free society.

Earlier, the Convener of the Coalition, Hajiya Asmau Joda pleaded for partnership with the Police in the fight against rape in the state, maintained that the coalition is confidence that with the caliber of the Commissioner of Police, the issue of rape will be address squarely in Adamawa.

In a remark, Adamu Dodo, Head of media of the coalition, said the coalition plays the role of whistle blower, but some Police and other authorities mistook them as part of the family of the victims.

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