Chris Steven, Abuja
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris MPN has set up a
Special Investigation Team to carry out a thorough
Investigation into all cases of alleged sexual abuses, exploitation,
harassments, gender based violence and professional misconduct on
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in some of North-eastern States.
This followed a report published by the Human Right Watch accusing Camp
officials, vigilante groups, Soldiers and Policemen among others of sexual harassment against the displaced persons.
The IGP in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the Police Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah 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 however, called on Human Right Watch officials to avail
the investigation team more facts that will assist the Police investigation
team conclude the inquiry into the alleged 43 cases mentioned
in the report.
This was as he GP also directed Commissioners of Police in locations where
IDP Camps are situated to beef up security and ensure adequate safety of
all IDPs and ensure that all perpetrators of any criminal act are
decisively dealt with in accordance to the law.
While urging all police officers and other personnel deployed to the IDP camps to strictly adhere to the rules of engagement, the IGP assured Nigerians and the International community that the Force will not condone any act that violate the human dignity of the IDPs by individuals or group of persons in the IDP camps or anywhere in the country.