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Borno Governor Request For Spies To Uncover Sexual Molesters, Drug dealers, Traffickers In IDP Camps

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The Borno state Governor Kashim Shettima, has‎ revealed plans to write letters requesting the Inspector General of Police, the Director General of the Department of State Security (DSS), the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to deploy female and male undercover detectives to all IDPs camps in the State to uncover sexual molesters, drug dealers, child traffickers and prostitutes for prosecution.

This action was taken as a result of the recent report released by the Human Rights Watch alleging that some security officials in IDPs camp sexually harass the female IDPs.

A statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Isa Gusau noted that, Shettima made this known when he received a delegation from the National University Commission in his office who visited the state to assess the infrastructures at the proposed Borno State University on Tuesday.

According to the Governor, the deployment of undercover agents will be a permanent measure to curtailing the menace in addition to the urgent need for investigation of the reported issue of sexual harassment.

The statement noted; “Today, as Governor of Borno State, there is no issue that gives me headache like the unfortunate by-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 health care service. 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.

“Only yesterday (Monday) there was a report by a Human Rights group alleging incidences of sexual abuses by some Federal and State workers in some of the IDP camps. This is highly condemnable. Apart from investigating these claims and arresting culprits which is absolutely necessary, I am going to write letters to the Inspector General of Police, the Director General of the DSS, the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency and may be the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, requesting all of them to deploy female and male undercover detectives to all our camps to permanently spy on anyone involved in sexual harassment, any form of prostitution, drugs trafficking, possible child trafficking and even the allegations of diversion of food items meant for IDP’s.

“I would want these detectives to report their findings to their security establishments and whoever is found wanting should be picked up without notifying me so long as there is verifiable evidence to prosecute him or her.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I am tired of applying the element of persuasion in handling the issues of IDP’s; we need to wield the big stick. The problem with managing the IDP camp is that you are dealing with a population of two or more local government areas in one location and you cannot imprison them by restricting or stopping them from leaving the IDP camp in the day time.

“I strongly believe there are cases of sexual harassment but some of the women may be consenting to sexual advances largely due to extreme poverty and loss of value system. We have to instill sanity into the IDP camps and I hope we will not end up having human rights activists telling us we cannot deploy undercover detectives into IDP camps due to one form of rights violation or the other. Desperate situations call for desperate measures. Sexual harassment of female IDPs is a desperate situation.

“None of us here is beyond becoming an IDP if Allah decrees and none of us would fold arms if his or her daughter is in position to be sexually harassed, so we must act now,” the Governor said.

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