The Sokoto State Hisbah Commission says the commission has recorded 606 rape cases across the state in 2019.

The state’s Hisbah Commandant Adamu Kasarawa while briefing newsmen decried the rampant cases of sexual assaults in the state.

He said the 2019 figure was up from 296 cases in year 2018, regretting that in January 2020 alone about 31 cases of sexual abuses were recorded adding that the cases comprised illegal camping of young girls, sexual exploitation and sodomy.

Kasarawa  explained that the offenders cut across all calibre of people in the society, including politicians, traditional rulers, clerics, businessmen and women.

The Commandant also attributed the menace to the negative attitude of some parents, adding that the issue of poverty and greed had made sexual exploitation more rampant in the state.

He identified interference with legal processes as one of the major challenges in prosecuting rape cases, stressing the need to tackle favouritism and compromise.