Police to Dismiss Officers Involved in Females IDPs Abuse

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(Last Updated On: 2016-12-06)

Nahimat Adekoga

The Nigerian Police on Tuesday pledged to dismiss any officers in connection with   the issues of alleged abuses of females across various Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.

The force also promised thorough investigations into the matter and ensure that anybody found guilty is taken to court for prosecution.

Recalled that the Human Rights Watch in its report, had accused the Police, Nigerian Army, vigilante groups and camp leaders of raping young girls and women in various IDPs camps.

The Inspector-General of Police (IG) Ibrahim Idris who gave the assurance at a press conference in Abuja said 10 arrests has been made on the matter.

He explained that two policemen, three Soldiers, one prison official, one Air Force personnel, a staff of Borno Ministry for Agriculture and two members of Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) were arrested for interrogation.

According to IGP, police would liaise with the Army and Air Force to make their men available for a thorough investigations.

He stated that the police had put in place some mechanisms, including deployment of female police officers to IDPs camp to check future occurrences.

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the IG and affected state governors to investigate the allegation.

On Rivers re-run election, Idris said the force had begun deployment of personnel to the state for peaceful and fair election, adding that there was need for collaboration between other sister agencies for the election.

Idris, who declined to comment on alleged withdrawal of Chief Security Officer (CSO) to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said the police had good working relationship with all the 36 state governors.

He advised state commissioners of police to ensure that Nigerians were not subjected to hardships on the roads during the Yuletide.

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The IGP said,  “You should ensure that no hardship is created for citizens of Nigeria, try and ease movements on the roads.”

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