At least 200 defilement cases were recorded in Gombe State in 2020, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Ethical Orientation, Dauda Dauda, has said.
Dauda who disclosed this in a chat with journalists on Saturday, disclosed that 40 out of the cases were reported in Gombe, the state capital, adding that the state recorded 39 attempted rape across its 11 local government areas.
He lamented that most of the cases were incest, involving fathers and their children.
The commissioner also stated that 10 kidnap cases were recorded in the state between 2020 and now, adding that investigation revealed that the kidnappings were perpetrated by criminals from the neighbouring Adamawa and Taraba states.
“Thirty seven were arrested for unnatural (gay and lesbianism) offences, 61 for act of gross indecency and three cases of abandoned children were recorded in 2020.”
He stressed that gender-based violence had been recognised as a human rights abuse “that leads to high rate of mortality.”
Batari, who is also a security expert, explained that the state government had set up a security strategic plan to consider, “what should be done to ensure that Gombe is secured.”
“We have also sent the bill for the establishment of the State Security and Environmental Corps to the state Assembly for ratification.”
Upon approval, he said it would be domesticated at every of the 114 wards in the state, adding that leadership in the ministry had set up a 24-hour toll-free Security Information Centre to attend to emergency criminal cases.