NEMA Launches Probe into Allegations Of Rape, Trafficking In IDP Camps

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has launched an investigation into allegations of rape and child trafficking being perpetrated by government officials in Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, camps in the North East.

The investigation is the aftermath of the publication of a report by the www.icirnigeria.org titled Grim Tales Of Rape, Child Trafficking In Displaced Persons Camps which chronicles cases of rape of young girls and the selling of babies in the camps meant for persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in the North east.

In a press statement issued on Tuesday by its information officer, Sani Datti, NEMA said that following the publication of the story, which was republished by Premium Times and other online medium, “the Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi, on Monday in Abuja met with stakeholders including representatives of Department of State Services, Nigeria Police Force, National Human Rights Commission, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Gombe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Adamawa State and a representative of the publisher.”

Subsequently, an investigating panel has been set up comprising the DSS, police, Nigerian Red Cross, Office of National Security Adviser, NSA, National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons, NAPTIP, Journalists Against Disaster, JAD and NEMA.






     

     

    Other members of the probe panel are the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, International Organisation for Migration, IOM, and the emergency management agencies of Borno, Gombe and Adamawa states.

    The panel’s mandate are to verify allegations in the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, report; interact with all stakeholders; carry out town hall meetings in all the camps mentioned in the allegation, interact with University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and the NEMA North east zonal office, state relief agencies, SSS , Red Cross, Army and Police.

    The investigating panel is also mandated to “determine if there is any culpability of Government Agencies” and to do “any other things which in the opinion of the committee will facilitate the accomplishment of its assignment.”

    It has two weeks to conclude its investigations and submit a report

     

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