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Security Personnel, Others Arrested for Sexually Abusing Ladies in IDPs Camps


Some arrests have been made in connection with sexually abusing women and young girls in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno State.
This disclosure was made by the Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Ibrahim Idris, Tuesday.
He said that two policemen, three army personnel, one prison official, one Air Force personnel, a staff of Borno Ministry for Agriculture and two members of the Civilian JTF have been arrested for taking advantage of the women and girls displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.
A report published in Human Rights Watch, in October, detailed how government officials abused and raped women living at IDP camps in Borno State.
The report documented sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation, of 43 women and girls living in seven internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Four of the victims told Human Rights Watch that they were drugged and raped, while 37 were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance.
President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the Inspector General of Police and the affected state governors to investigate the allegation.
Police set up a special panel to investigate the alleged abuses.
Speaking Tuesday at the Inspector-General of Police Conference in Abuja, Idris said Police would liaise with the Army and Air Force to make their personnel available for a thorough investigation.
dris said after the investigation, any suspects found guilty of the offence would be dismissed and taken to court for prosecution.
“We are going to conduct a thorough investigation and if anyone is found guilty we will dismiss him then take him to court,” he said.
He said the Police had put in place some mechanisms, including the deployment of female police officers to IDPs camps, to check future occurrences.

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