The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command has set up a team to probe charges of assault against some of its officers.
In an announcement issued on Friday, the command’s deputy spokesman representative, Gajere Tanimu, said the command has conveyed an invitation to certain people that may aid in the investigation.
The investigation follows the charges made against some police officers by sex workers arrested in Abuja clubs.
About two weeks ago, PREMIUM TIMES reported how some officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), raided a popular night club, Caramelo, and arrested 34 female nude dancers.
This newspaper also reported the recent arrest of about 70 women around night clubs in different parts of Abuja.
some of the ladies were reportedly discharged after they were profiled, while others were charged for prostitution. A couple of others were assaulted sexually.
At the point when the officials raid night clubs, they at times attack ladies they accept are ‘meagerly dressed’ and blame them for prostitution.
Such ladies are some of the time sexually manhandled by security officials. No blamable operative has been brought to justice.
Mr Tanimu said, “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.
“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 charges genuinely. Subsequently, a powerful team was established to investigate the veracity of the charge. In such a manner, the invitation was conveyed to important people that may help with getting to the base of the issue.
“The Command wishes to guarantee individuals of the public of its zero tolerance for unprofessional negligence to human rights and solid disciplines will be distributed to failing officers,” he said.
Alleged rape of sex workers
Some of the arrested women have accused the police of raping them in exchange for their freedom.
According to a statement issued by a coalition of activists, “It appears that the FCTA joint task team had unilaterally, and without respect for the rule of law, chosen to contain any environmental nuisance the night club allegedly was causing.”
“It targeted and violated young women in the club, particularly dancers and strippers. No attempts were made to question the club proprietors or arrest the male guests.
“Several female guests in or around the night club were also arrested and harassed. Mostly, young women were brutally dragged out by male officers who beat them, and some women were stripped naked.