Police investigate alleged rape of suspected prostitutes in Abuja

The FCT police Command has set up a team to probe allegations of rape against some of its personnel.

The alleged rape was said to have occurred on 27th April when some suspected commercial sex workers were raided at Caramelo night club by the FCTA Joint Task Team.

The team that went on the raid comprises the Department of Development Control, Abuja Environment Protection Board (AEPB) and the Social Development Secretariat.

Some of the commercial sex workers alleged that they were harassed, molested and assaulted by some police personnel.

They alleged that policemen attached to Utako, Life Camp and Gwarimpa police stations raped and physically assaulted them in custody.

One of them said ‘Yellow’ hit her with a baton and horse whip several times, injuring her arm and face during the assault. She was also corroborated by her co-convicts who lamented the alleged emotional abuse and physical torture they suffered while in police cell last week.

Another victim who claimed to have been arrested at a shopping plaza said the policemen attached to the FCT ministerial task raped her when she could not pay them. “Three of us were brought out of the van and raped by the policemen because we had no money to give them. We were raped behind the National War College.

They pushed me to the ground and held me there while one of them raped me. He didn’t wear a condom. The other girls were also raped by two others; one of them used a pure water sachet as condom,” she said.

Another lady said she was picked up by the police at a hotel where she attended a birthday bash. According to her, “I was invited to a birthday party at an apartment in a hotel. I came to the reception to get bottle water, a woman held my hands and pushed me out of the hotel and I saw lots of people with cameras and some with mobile phones taking my pictures and shooting a video of the arrest.

Following the allegation, the Command’s Deputy Spokesman, ASP Gajere Tanimu in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said the Command has sent out invitation to some individuals that may assist in the investigation.

While assuring members of the public of the Command’s zero tolerance for misconduct, Taminu stated stiff punishment will be meted out to officers found guilty.

The statement reads: “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 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.”

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