Gombe State Police Command said that it received over 250 reports of rape across the state in 2020.
The Commissioner of Police Maikudi Shehu, disclosed this while briefing journalists today in Gombe.
Shehu said that though crimes of various kinds were declining in view of the proactive measures his Command had put in place, rape of minors had become a trending issue in the state.
According to him, over 200 suspects had been charged to courts and the perpetrators are usually above 50 years old, abusing children of between three and six years.
Shehu added that in the year under review, the Command also received 10 reports of sodomy between June and December, adding that the Command did not receive any case from January to June.
Shehu advised parents not to always wash away incriminating evidence of crime on their children, but to take the affected child to the hospital immediately for proper examination.
He appealed to religious and community leaders to discourage rape and sodomy in worship centres as a way of helping to mould the morals of the youth rightly.
He assured residents that the police would ensure safety of lives and properties during the Yuletide, while urging the public to provide the police with useful information to nip crimes in the bud.