Soldiers, Policemen, Others Arrested for Sexually Abusing IDPs

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Three soldiers, two policemen and a prison official have been arrested for allegedly raping Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East.

A Borno Ministry of Agriculture staff and two members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, Borno State were also arrested for being involved in sexual exploitation and abuse of IDPs in the North-East.

If indicted, the policemen and other security operatives involved in the alleged crime would be dismissed and prosecuted after investigation.

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The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, disclosed this on Tuesday, in Abuja, while responding to questions shortly before the commencement of his monthly conference with senior police officers.

The IG said the police would liaise with the Army and the Air Force to make the indicted officials available for interrogation.

IGP Ibrahim Idris said:

“From the findings so far, we have succeeded in our investigation. A number of suspects have been arrested and they include two policemen, three army officers, one prison official; one Air Force officer, an employee of the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and two members of the Civilian JTF.”

In order to check its recurrence, Idris stated that the force had put in mechanisms, including the deployment of female police officers to IDP camps.

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Human Rights Watch, had in its report accused camp officials, vigilance groups, soldiers and policemen of engaging in sexual harassment of women and teenagers in IDP camps in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

A few of the victims told Human Rights Watch that they were drugged and raped while 37 were coerced into sex through false marriage promises, material and financial assistance.

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Shocked by the allegations, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the IG and the state governments to carry out a thorough investigation into the alleged incidents.