A special investigation team has been constituted by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris to probe cases of alleged sexual abuses and other crimes against Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
An international group, Human Rights Watch (HRW), had alleged that officials and security forces were sexually abusing, exploiting and harassing IDPs in some of the camps in the Northeast.
According to a statement by the Force Headquarters’ spokesman, Don Awunah, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Idris urged HRW to avail the panel more facts to aid its assignment on the 43 cases mentioned.
Assuring of the IGP’s commitment to protecting all Nigerians, especially the vulnerable, Awunah said he expressed deep concerns over the rights group’s submissions.
He said: “The IGP 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.
“He has also directed Commissioners of Police in locations where IDP Camps are situated to beef up security ensure adequate safety of all IDPs and ensure that all perpetrators of any criminal act 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 Force will not condone any act that violates the human dignity of the IDPs by individuals or group of persons in the camps or anywhere in the country.”