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Police investigates sexual abuses in IDP camps

By News Express on 03/11/2016

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has set up a special dedicated investigation team to immediately commence thorough investigation into all cases of alleged sexual abuses, exploitation, harassments, gender based violence and professional misconduct on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in some states in the North-east as contained in a report published by the Human Right Watch (HRW) against camp officials, vigilante groups, Soldiers and Policemen among others.

In a statement issued in Abuja Thursday, Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don N. Awunah, disclosed that the IGP who is irrevocably committed to the protection of all Nigerians most especially vulnerable group such as IDPs has expressed deep concern over the submissions in the report and has directed the Special Investigation Panel to carry out a discreet and unbiased investigation into all the cases of abuse and misconduct alleged in the report.

Anunah said: “However, the IGP has called on Human Right Watch officials to avail the investigation team more facts that will assist the Police investigation team conclude the inquiry into the alleged 43 cases mentioned in the HRW report.

“The IGP has also directed Commissioners of Police in locations where IDP camps are situated to beef up security and ensure adequate safety of all IDPs and ensure that all perpetrators of criminal acts are decisively dealt with in accordance to the law. The IGP further urge all police officers and other personnel deployed to the IDP camps to strictly adhere to the rules of engagement.

“The Nigeria Police Force assures all Nigerians and the international community that the Force will not condone any act that violates the human dignity of the IDPs by individuals or group of persons in the IDP camps or anywhere in the country.”

•Photo shows IGP Ibrahim Idris.

Source News Express

Posted 03/11/2016 10:01:36 PM





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