– The Borno state governor Kashim Shettima has said there is an urgent need for undercover detectives in all internally displaced persons camps
– The governor said the detectives will serve as a measure to investigate reports of sexual abuse by some Nigerian officials in the camps
– Shettima said he will send letters to appropriate authorities on the issue
The governor of Borno state Kashim Shetima called for the deployment of undercover security detectives to all internally displaced persons camps in the state.
Speaking in Maiduguri on Tuesday, November 1, when some delegates from the National University Commission visited him, the governor said his planning to write letters and distribute to appropriate authorities on the issue.
The team visited the governor over discussions on the proposed Borno state University.
Those listed to receive Shettima’s letter include: the inspector general of police, the director general of the Department of State Services (DSS), the national Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in persons (NAPTIP) and the National Drugs and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Shettima said, the letters would request the provision of personnel of each agency who would be stationed at the displaced persons camps.
The governor said the deployment of these personnel would also be permanent as a measure to investigate and curb recurrence from the reports by an international agency, Human Rights Watch.
Shettima said: “Today, as governor of Borno State, there is no issue that gives me headache like the unfortunate bye-products of IDP camps.”
“Our citizens were violently sent out of their houses and communities. It is their fundamental rights to be provided alternative accommodation with food and healthcare.
“Sadly, and very sadly indeed, the IDP camps have become avenues that horrible stories of sexual slavery, prostitution rings, drug peddling and other social vices are emanating from,” the governor said.
The Human Rights Watch had on Monday, October 31, released a report accusing Nigerian officials, especially security personnel of sexually abusing female displaced persons in various camps across Nigeria.
The report said these officials go as far as impregnating these women and girls and later deny the pregnancies.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the inspector general of police Ibrahim Idris to investigation the alleged sexual abuse the displaced persons camps.
The president also said he will wait for the outcome of the investigation before a decision would be taking on the matter.