The police have arrested some suspects connected to the alleged cases of rape at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps, with the Inspector General of Police threatening to dismiss and prosecute policemen involved in the act.IGP Ibrahim Idris, while making this revelation in Abuja yesterday, listed those arrested to include two police officers, one prison warden, two civilian JTF, a civilian from the Ministry of Agriculture, Maiduguri, three from the Army and one from the Airforce.
The IGP noted that this arrest followed the allegation few weeks ago by Human Rights Watch, which led to the setting up of a panel to investigate all alleged cases of abuses and other forms of misconduct carried out by policemen, soldiers, camp officials, vigilantes and others at the various IDPs’ camps.
Recall that a report by the Human Rights Watch indicated cases of alleged sexual abuse, exploitation, harassment, gender based violence and professional misconduct against IDPs in some of the North-eastern states. According to the report, there are 43 cases of alleged abuses and misconduct.
On Rivers rerun election; the IGP said the police will replicate what it did in Ondo State.
“Rivers is the next challenge we are having but by the grace of God, just as we did in Ondo, we will do in Rivers. We have started the deployment of officers and I will be in Rivers on Thursday to address the men,” he said.
On the preparation made for the yuletide, IGP Idris said: “Roadblocks have been cancelled and I cannot give a blanket order that police officers should not ask for licences because is a way of checking crime.
“We will try to limit the deployment of our patrol vehicles on the roads. We should try to ease the movement of people on the road and we will continue to deploy X-Squad especially in the south eastern part of the country where these complaints are coming from and I want CPs, AIGs to ensure smooth movement of travelers during the yuletide”, he said.
On the uproar caused by some officers and men on special duty who are owed allowances, the IGP hinted that a permanent record will be created.