The police in Bayelsa have deployed special detectives to relief camps in Bayelsa State following rising rape incidences reported in camps set up for flood victim.
The ordered followed alleged complaints by occupants of the camps that over five cases of rape were recorded at the camps in the Sports Complex and the Bishop Dimieri Grammar School in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Reports said that many of the alleged rapists were usually caught in the act in the night after their victims cried out for help, while others were said carry out their evil act with dangerous weapons held over their victims. The suspects were said to ambush their victims in dark corners of the camp.
A middle-aged woman at the camp told LEADERSHIP that some boys took undue advantage of the rowdiness in the camps to pounce on women. The woman who pleaded anonymity said coordinators in the camp were planning to separate the women from the men to reduce the incidents. “Women are ambushed and raped,” she said. “The girls are in danger because they are constantly harassed sexually by the boys who have thrown caution to the wind; but the police have arrested some of the suspects.”
She appealed to the authorities to separate the men from the women possibly by taking one group to another location and to supply condoms in the camp to reduce possible increase in sexually transmitted diseases.
Our correspondent gathered that the development might worsen the HIV/AIDS prevalent rate as the state was already ranked the third most affected state in Nigeria.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Fidelis Odunna, said following the development, security had been beefed up at the camps, noting that such social misbehaviour and criminal intents were expected owing to the crowd of persons at the camps.
He said more presence of police operatives would help to check them”.