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Police yet to receive report against IDP centre in Edo

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IGP, Mohammed Adamu
IGP, Mohammed Adamu

The Police Command in Edo says it has not received any complaint about the management of the Internally Displaced Persons Camp (IDP), run by the International Christian Centre (ICC).

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said this on Friday in Benin against the backdrop of social media reports on the centre.

Nwabuzor said that no complaint against the management of the centre or their activities had ever been lodged by any individual or group at the command.

The centre was among those accused of maltreatment of inmates who included victims of insurgency from the North East region of Nigeria.

This follows recent discoveries of the illegal activities at some religious centres bordering on human right abuses against inmates.

The Coordinator of the centre, Pst. Solomon Folorusho, debunked such insinuations.

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He alleged that some persons wants to instigate the government against the centre and appealed to the masterminds to have a change of heart.

He disclosed that the centre operates in partnership with various security agencies whose operatives lives among the inmates of the centre.

He added that the hosting of the IDPs was not something the centre planned for.

“But when the crises happened in the North East, some friends who lived there and were affected reached out to the centre and appealed that they wanted to come over as they would be safe here.

“We wanted to be our brother’s keeper, we didn’t want to fold our arms, because Nigeria is one, so we felt we should render support to those who were in need and support the government efforts in trying to quench the trouble that is going on there.”

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Folorunsho disclosed that there are 3,000 inmates in the centre, adding that the centre caters for them through supports from government, individuals and cooperate organisations.

He also disclosed that the education facilities, which the centre has opened to the host community, was tuition free and presently had more than 3,000 pupils and students.

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