Any personnel found culpable in the rape of any the 70 club girls including nude dancers arrested in Abuja, a fortnight ago would be made to face the music, authorities of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, said on Friday.
The statement is coming on the heels of an intense investigation launched by the command into allegations that its personnel carried out massive assault on the ladies, including using improvised ‘pure water’ sachets in place of condoms to rape them.
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.
In a joint operation carried out by a team comprising the Department of Development Control, Abuja Environment Protection Board (AEPB) and the Social Development Secretariat in conjunction with policemen from Utako, Life Camp and Gwarimpa police stations, the ladies, some of whom claimed that they were not sex workers, but clubbers, were arrested and detained.
The attrocities were said to be carried out while transporting the ladies to the police stations and while in detention, an allegation that had raised a lot of dust and condemnation from a groundswell of Nigerians.
Against the call for a comprehensive investigation and punishment of the culprits, the police said on Friday that the police, had already contacted those who would assist in unearthing the truth.
The command’s spokesman Gajere Tanimu, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said the Command has sent out invitation to some individuals that may assist in the investigation, as it haboured zero tolerance for misconduct.
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.”