By Ola Adeola
The Nigerian Police said a special panel has been formed to probe alleged rape cases at Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, camps in Maiduguri, Borno State. A statement said the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has directed “thorough Investigation into all cases of alleged sexual abuses, exploitation, harassments, gender based violence and professional misconduct” in the camps.
A Human Right Watch report had indicted Camp officials, vigilante groups, Soldiers and Policemen, among others, for the alleged misdeeds.
The statement said the IGP demands the investigation be “discreet and unbiased”.
Moreover, the statement urges the “Human Right Watch officials to avail the investigation team more facts” on the alleged forty three (43) cases mentioned in the Human.
The police also said that “Commissioners of Police in locations where IDP Camps are situated (have been told) 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.”