Concealment of rape cases dissipates evidence and may lead to a surge of the social vice if not reported to the Police.
This is according to the Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers state, DSP Nnamdi Omoni in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt.
Omoni who was reacting to the rising and trending cases of rape across the country said some parents and victims of rape try to hide the incident which according to him, puts the lives of other people at risk.
The Police spokesman said rape, if not promptly reported may lead to complicated investigation on the part of the police because vital evidence needed may have been dissipated.
He said the Rivers State Police Command recorded numerous incidents of sexual assault during the COVID-19 lockdown in the state.
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DSP Nnamdi Omoni also said though there are complaints against some police officers that try to frustrate investigations, the Police in Rivers State is willing to punish such officers and ensure that victims of sexual assault and rape get justice.