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IGP sets up panel to investigate alleged abuses at IDP camps

 Inspector General of Police Mr. Ibrahim Idris.

Inspector General of Police Mr. Ibrahim Idris.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, has set up a Special dedicated Investigation Team to immediately commence 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 East geo-political zone states.
The allegations were contained in a report published by the Human Rights Watch against Camp officials, vigilante groups, soldiers and policemen among others.
The IGP, who is irrevocably committed to the protection of all Nigerians most especially vulnerable groups such as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), has, according to a statement by DCP Don N. Awunah,Force Public Relations Officer, expressed deep concern over the submissions in the report and has 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.
However, the IGP has called on Human Rights 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.
The IGP has 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 acts are decisively dealt with in accordance to the law. The IGP further urged all police officers and other personnel deployed to the IDP camps to strictly adhere to the rules of engagement.
The statement further assured all Nigerians and the international community that the Nigeria Police Force will not condone any act that violates the human dignity of the IDPs by individuals or group of persons in the IDP camps or anywhere in the country.

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