Kano State Police Command has revealed that 33.3 percent of reported cases of rape were perpetrated at uncompleted buildings in the state.
The spokesman of the Command, Abdullahi Haruna, who made the disclosure to newsmen Thursday, said the figure was the outcome of the investigation conducted by the command in the wake of growing cases of rape, especially on children in the state.
According to him, the investigation prompted the command to expand its patrol to uncompleted buildings within and outside the metropolis.
“Our investigation has shown that 33.3 percent of rape cases are perpetrated at uncompleted buildings in this state. The figure has shown that children and are minor are mostly raped in the uncompleted buildings.
“This promoted our Command to expand our patrol to uncompleted buildings in every nook and crannies of the Kano city and everywhere in the state,” he said.
The Command’s image-maker also warned the owners of uncompleted buildings in the state to quickly complete the building or cover it in a way criminals could not have access to it.
He, therefore, warned that owners of any uncompleted buildings would be held liable for any rape case perpetrated in their property.
“That is why we are calling on the owners of uncompleted buildings to either complete or cover it in a way criminals could not infiltrate it and commit crimes.
“We are warning the general public that henceforth, any rape case perpetrated in an uncompleted building, the owner could be accomplice,” he warned.
Mr Kiyawa also called on the general public to give maximum cooperation to the Command in a bid to rid the state of all forms of sexual assaults.
Reacting to the outcome of the Police’s investigation, a Kano-based human right lawyer, Abba Hikima, called on the state House of Assembly to make a law that would dispossess any uncompleted property that is not completed for a certain years.
He noted that doing so would check the incessant crimes being perpetrated in the state.