The Nigeria Police Force on Thursday gave an account of how families of rape victims go behind to negotiate with suspects and frustrate the prosecution process.
The police, therefore, pleaded for the support of rape victims, their families and those who would give evidence of what really happened to complement their efforts.
The spokesperson, FCT Police Command, Anjuguri Manzah, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, stated this in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja at a forum for the adoption of “The framework on police-media relations and safety of journalists.”
The programme was organised by stakeholders, including the Nigeria Union of Journalists; Media Foundation for West Africa; and Open Society Initiative for West Africa.
Manzah said the police would always appreciate it when families of rape victims support and assist during investigations.
The FCT Police PRO described the issue of rape as a non-computable issue, adding “it is a case that has to be followed discreetly because there are procedures.”
He said, “We will always appreciate it when families of rape victims support us in our investigations. We have had some worst experiences. In the course of investigation, we realise that some of the rape victims would not want to come up to assist the police in the prosecution of these cases and assist in the investigation process.
“We have experienced situations where families of rape victims go behind the police to engage in personal arrangement to settle such cases. Whenever we reach them to carry on with the investigation, you discover that these people will not be found, but they will be giving several excuses. The problem is not that of the police.”