Soldiers, Policemen Arrested For ‘Sexually Exploiting’ Girls Displaced By Boko Haram

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People displaced from their homes and communities, following attacks by Islamist group Boko Haram in Maiduguri;

At least two policemen, three army personnel, one prison official, one Air Force personnel, a staff of Borno Ministry for Agriculture and two members of the Civilian JTF have been arrested for sexually abusing women and girls displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, the Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Ibrahim Idris said.

In October, the Human Rights Watch had in a publication, detailed how government officials abused and raped women living at IDP camps in Borno State.

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In the report, there were documentations of sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation, of 43 women and girls living in seven internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Four of the victims had told Human Rights Watch that they were drugged and raped, while 37 others were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance.

As a result of this, President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the police chief and the affected state governors to investigate the allegation.

This led to the formation of a special panel to investigate the alleged abuses.

Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Idris said the police would liaise with the Army and Air Force to make their personnel available for a thorough investigation.

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Mr. Idris said after the investigation, any suspect found guilty of the offence would be dismissed and taken to court for prosecution.

“We are going to conduct a thorough investigation and if anyone is found guilty we will dismiss him then take him to court,” he said.

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



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