Nigerian soldiers, policemen arrested for ‘raping, sexually exploiting’ women displaced by Boko Haram

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Ibrahim Idris, said 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.

A report published in Human Rights Watch, in October, detailed how government officials abused and raped women living at IDP camps in Borno State.

The report documented 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 told Human Rights Watch that they were drugged and raped, while 37 were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance.

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the I-G and the affected state governors to investigate the allegation.

Police set up a special panel to investigate the alleged abuses.

Speaking Tuesday at the Inspector-General of Police Conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr Idris said police would liaise with the Army and Air Force to make their personnel available for a thorough investigation.

Mr. Idris said after the investigation, any suspects 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.

On the Rivers re-run election, Mr. Idris said the police force had begun the deployment of personnel to the state for peaceful and fair election.

He said there was need for collaboration between the police and sister security agencies for the election.

Mr. Idris, who declined to comment on the alleged withdrawal of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to Gov. Nyisom Wike of Rivers, said the police had a 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.

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


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  • ahmed

    Believe in God Wike. Forget about Police security. Almighty God is the best security. If you believe in God, do not fear anybody. God is with you Mr. Wike.

    • Rommel

      Which Wike are you talking about? I hope not the one in PH because that one does not believe in God.

      • abodes_124

        and the connection of Wike to this story?

    • Karl Imom

      Did they NOT withdraw Governor Amechi’s Police Security on President Jonathan’s orders? They even grounded his official aircraft and blocked all roads leading to the Governor’s office. What goes around comes around. Wike used his Police Security to block DSS from conducting STING operation against a Federal Judge in Port Harcourt. Did he think he was bigger than the Federal Government?

      • no, they didn’t do a thing…..nt all.

      • abodes_124

        was it right then ? Is it right now. that is what a reasonable person should be asking otherwise the cycle will continue.

        • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

          Thank you.

    • Burbank

      Wike banned biafrans from Rivers State because he fear God.

  • Uwaoma, Chigozie

    That’s typical of Nigerian Military men. Very soon they will begin to python dance (by force) with wives of the South Eastern men – I think that’s the reason their oga at the top sent them to South East as well as to infiltrate the Region with fulanis and almajiris… but that’s not gonna happen…

    • Burbank

      Our Cross Rivers man Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas is already wiping out terrorists in the Niger Delta.

  • David Adeniran

    I think there is some level of sickness even insanity in the brain of an average military personnel? Why are they so notorious for raping people they are paid to protect? I need to generalise because even USA or British army are not spared from this military disease.

    • imagine_2012

      Western soldiers rape non-citizens, African soldiers rape their own citizens. The difference is clear.

      • David Adeniran

        Meaning what, that one rape is permissible while the other one is not?

        • imagine_2012

          I don’t know which is permissible but raping your own citizens is worse.

          • David Adeniran

            Whether you rape your citizens or you rape foreigners, both are crimes against humanity and such need their heads examined! Could you stop glorifying crime under any guise whatsoever?

          • imagine_2012

            Good point but like I said, I find soldiers who rape their own citizens more disturbing.

          • Burbank

            So if your daughter wife mother sister are raped by Indians and Chinese, it’s better for them than to be raped by a Nigerian.
            Thanks.

      • Burbank

        Tell that to your mum, wife, sister or your daughter when they are raped in New York!

      • abodes_124

        SO?

  • imagine_2012

    Very typical of them. Nonsense soldiers

  • Otile

    Mohamed Buhari has thrown innocent women and baby girls to the wolves. Wherefore must Imam Buhari unleash rapacious Fulani soldiers in the SW SE of Nigeria where there is no war going on? In the peaceful region of SE Imam sent his rapping vandals as python dance, in the SS he sent them sent them as crocodile smile, in the North he sent them as operation dole, who knows what he will name his men in peaceful SW, perhaps he may call them Operation-fuck-deep.

    • Burbank

      The security of the south is well-managed by our Cross Rivers military hero Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, noted for effectively and mercilessly wiping out those NDA IPOB Massob bombers terrorists in the Niger Delta.

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  • Intrepid

    Unlettered and untrained Nigerian Police men and soldiers. Your life can end miserably in their hands, if you engage them in an ordinary banter, on the highway. Nigeria is indeed a JUNGLE. Lets split jare!

    • Burbank

      Start by having your SS SE PDP governors Wike Seriake Obiano Udom Emmanuel and Ifeanyi Okowa to lift their ban against biafrans.

  • Burbank

    Catch the culprits are burned their genitals, slowly until charred.

    • abodes_124

      All this propaganda against our gallant soldiers na lie. This kind of thing cannot happen under GMBs watch because everything is now perfect. No one takes bribes, no one steals, no one abuse due process, no police or soldiers, brutalise ,rape or slaughter Nigerian citizens. Human rights watch and Amnesty international make una go sidon. We will throw you out of Nigeria for your vile propaganda.