By Ndahi Marama
MAIDUGURI—Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has revealed plans to request the deployment of female policemen, operatives of Department of State Services, DSS, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, and National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, as undercover detectives to all internally displaced persons, IDP, camps in the state.
The move, according to him, is informed by recent reports of some officials sexually harassing female IDPs, adding that the female operatives will track the culprits and bring them to book.
Speaking during a courtesy call by a delegation from the National Universities Commission, NUC, over the proposed Borno State University, in Maiduguri yesterday, Shettima said the deployment would be a permanent measure.
He said the state government would also investigate the recent report of Human Rights Watch, which quoted some female IDPs as alleging that they were sexually harassed by some security personnel, to the extent of getting them pregnant.
The governor said: “As the 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, healthcare and security.”
“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 maybe 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 IDPs.”