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File: IGP Ibrahim Idris at the Muna IDP camp
File: IGP Ibrahim Idris at the Muna IDP camp

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris has set up a special investigation panel to look into the alleged cases of sexual abuses and exploitation of Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, by government officials in charge of the various camps in the Northeast.

This follows a report by the Human Rights Watch which indicted security agencies as well as camp officials.

Don Awunah, Force Public Relations Officer, in a statement on Thursday, quoted the IGP as saying that he was committed to the protection of all Nigerians.

The Force PRO stated that IGP Idris had expressed great concern over the report and had directed the panel to carry out a discreet and unbiased investigation into the alleged report.

Awunah noted that the IGP wants officials of the Human Right Watch to avail the panel more facts that would assist them in investigating the alleged 43 cases mentioned in the report.

According to Awunah, the IGP had also directed Commissioners of Police in locations where IDP Camps were situated to beef up security and ensure adequate safety of all IDPs.

The spokesman said that he had also directed them to ensure that perpetrators of any criminal act were decisively dealt with in accordance with the law.

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“The IG further urge all police officers and other personnel deployed to the IDPs camps to strictly adhere to the rules of engagement,” the FPRO further stated.

Awunah assured Nigerians and the International community that the Police would not condone any act that violates the human dignity of the IDPs.

It would be recalled the icirnigeria.org had in January this year published an investigative report detailing how girls and women in the IDP camps were being sexually exploited and abused.

The report was largely swept aside by the authorities and nothing was done to check the menace, until now.

 

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