From FEMI FOLARANMI, Yenagoa
Security agencies are battling with increasing rape cases at the various relief camps established for victims of flood in Bayelsa. The State Security Council had met recently to review security strategies in the face of the security challenges posed by the flood. According to investigations, the police at the BDGS and the Sports Complex camps were investigating five rape cases.
Sources at the camp said their assailants who exploit the poor coordination at the camp to rape their victims ambushed some of the victims in the dark. The assailants who were apprehended when their suspects cried for help were said to be in police net as investigation continues.
“Women are ambushed and raped. The girls are in danger because the boys who have thrown caution to the wind constantly harass them sexually.
But the police have arrested some of the suspects. We are begging the government to find a way of separating the boys from the girls,” a woman at the camp said. The Police confirmed the report of cases of rape but assured that the police was on top of the situation.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Fidelis Odunna said security had been beef up at the camps. Odunna who stated that such criminal behaviors could not be ruled out because of the crowd at the camps, he said deployment of more policemen would arrest the situation.
“The police have waded into it and we have ordered for more patrols. We have ordered that police operatives should make themselves visible, especially at the dark corners of the camp,” he said.