No Time Bars To Reporting Rape Cases – Police

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The spokesperson of the Nigerian Police, Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, on Friday stated that reporting and investigating rape and other sexual assault cases have no time limit. The police spokesperson, however, advised that reporting such cases on time, help investigation and as such victims shouldn’t wait for long before making their reports.

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Mba, in his statement, said: “But I will say without equivocation that when rape cases or other forms of abuses are reported timorously, the proximity in time between when the offence is committed and when they are reported helps the Police in managing investigation better, because the memories are fresher in the mind of the victim, the crime scene is less contaminated, it is easier to pick up traces and pieces of evidence from the crime scene and forensic investigations are easier and better handled.

“My recommendation is that victims of rape cases and other forms of sexual assault should endeavour to report their cases on time, but they must also know that there are no time bars to the investigation of rape cases.

“The offence is not statute-barred and they can decide to report their case any time they chose and the Police is duty-bound to investigate them.”