Police Probe Rape Of Abuja Sex Workers

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has announced the setting up of a “high-powered team” to investigate alleged assault of suspected sex workers by some of its officers.

The Police stated this in a statement on Friday by Gajere Tanimu, deputy spokesman of the command, saying they have invited some individuals who “may assist in getting to the root of the matter”.

The statement read, “The attention of FCT police command has been drawn to serious allegations of rape against some of its members on social, print and electronic media,” Tanimu said.

“This was said to have occurred on 27th April, 2019 when some suspected commercial sex workers were raided by the FCTA Joint Task Team comprising of the Department of Development Control, Abuja Environment Protection Board (AEPB), and the Social Development Secretariat at Caramelo night club, Utako, and also while they were kept at Utako Division.

“The Command as a responsible corporate citizen, views the allegations seriously. Consequently, a high powered team was constituted to investigate the veracity of the allegation.

“In this regard invitations were sent out to relevant individuals that may assist in getting to the root of the matter.

“The command wishes to assure members of the public of its zero tolerance for unprofessional disregard to human rights and stiff punishments will be meted out to erring officers.”

Recall that in April, a joint task force comprising of the department of development control of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), the Abuja Environment Protection Board (AEPB), and the Social Development Secretariat raided Caramelo, a popular strip club, in the city, arresting the strippers and some other sex workers in different parts of Abuja.

It was later alleged that the sex workers were raped and molested by some of the police officers who conducted the raid.

One of the victims said many of the alleged rapists were policemen attached to Utako, Life Camp and Gwarimpa police stations.

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