An investigation panel has been constituted by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in consultation with relevant stakeholders to look into allegations of child trafficking and rape in some internally displaced persons’ camps in the Northeast.

In a swift reaction to an online publication titled: GRIM TALES OF RAPE, CHILD TRAFFICKING IN DISPLACED PERSONS CAMPS by one International Center for Investigative Reporting icirnigeria.org and republished by premium times, also anonline basenews organization, the Director General of  NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi, on Monday in Abuja met with stakeholders including representatives  ofDepartment of State Services, Nigeria Police Force, National Human Rights Commission, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Gombe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency and a representative of the publisher.

The committee has the membership of  Department of State Sertrvices, Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Red Cross Society, Office of National Security Adviser, National Human Rights Commission, National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic IPersons, Journalists Agaisnt Disaster and NEMA. Others include Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, International Organisation for Migration, SEMA Borno, SEMA Gombe and SEMA Adamawa. Sani sidi urged the committee to work in a transparent  and honest manner.

The panel which has two weeks to complete its investigation has the following terms of reference:  

i. Verification of allegations by International Centre for Investigative Reporting
ii. Interact with all stakeholders
iii. Carry out town hall meetings in all the camps mentioned in the allegation
iiii. Interact with University of  Maiduguri Teaching Hospital
v. Interact with  NEMA North east zonal office, SEMAs, SSS,Red Cross, Army and Police.
vi. Interact with IDPs and theirs Leaders
vii. Interact with other international players e.g. IOM
viii. Determine if there is any culpability of Government Agencies
ix. To do any other things which in the opinion of the committee will facilitate the accomplishment of its assignment.

Sani Datti

Snr. Information Officer