As incidents of rape and cases of defilement of young girls continue on a daily basis in the country, parents have been urged to be on the lookout as “most of the suspects are people close or related to their victims.”
Speaking at a Community Policing Outreach programme held at the Secretariat of Akinyele local government area of Oyo State, the state commissioner of police, Muhammed Indawaba advised parents to be mindful of older males who take sexually related jokes to the extreme with their kids.
“From the cases we handle daily, we have come to discover that most of the suspects arrested for defiling young girls are persons very close or related to their victims or victims’ parents. They are usually uncles, cousins, neighbours and so on. So, parents need to watch the way such people play with their children especially the young girls,” he said.
Represented by the police public relations officer (PPRO), DSP Olabisi Ilubanafor, he advised young girls to avoid walking on lonely roads and visiting people unknown to their parents.
He said the outreach is an initiative by the command to educate members of the society and allow them interact with security experts.
According to him, it was necessary to reach out to school children so that they don’t become victims of criminals or criminals themselves.
While fielding questions from the pupils, Indawaba dismissed the notion that indecent dressing by girls is the major reason why some of them get raped or defiled.
While describing the suspects as “psychologically sick”, he said “no doubt indecent dressing may lead to some cases but what about the old man who rape one year olds and three year olds? How indecently dressed could such babies be. Most of these suspects are just psychologically sick” she said.
Mothers too, he however warned, should learn to cover the private parts of their female babies as some of the “psychologically sick” men may get aroused to the extent of making attempts on the babies.
He also asked boys to desist from drug abuse, pornography, libido boosting drinks and acts that may lead to uncontrollable urge.
In his remarks, the local government Chairman, Ambali Mukaila Abiola, commended the police for instituting the community policing outreach. According to him, rape and defilement cases are some of the worst offences known.
At the programme had parents, teachers and pupils drawn from schools within the council area in attendance.