Buhari Orders Investigation Into Alleged Sexual Abuse of Women, Girls In IDP Camps

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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered for investigations to be conducted into a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report alleging that security officers had sexually abused women and girls in Internally Displaced peoples (IDP) Camps in the northeast.

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A report released by HRW on Monday had alleged that the Nigerian government is not doing enough to protect displaced women and girls who are being sexually abused in the camps by security officers.

Buhari who described the report as “deeply worrying” said he had instructed the police and state governors to immediately investigate the infractions raised by the report.

The president said in a series of tweets:

“Let me assure that these very distressing reports will not be taken lightly. We will act decisively on the findings of the investigations.

“We will protect the lives and wellbeing of these most vulnerable of Nigeria’s citizens. And we will ensure they return safely to their homes.”

HRW report had further stated that such disadvantaged persons were subjected to rape and sexually exploitation perpetrated by abusers including camp leaders, vigilante groups, policemen, and soldiers.

Mausi Segun, a senior Nigeria researcher at HRW said:

“It is bad enough that these women and girls are not getting much-needed support for the horrific trauma they suffered at the hands of Boko Haram. It is disgraceful and outrageous that people who should protect these women and girls are attacking and abusing them.” 

HRW documented abuses faced by 43 women and girls displaced from several villages including Abadam, Bama, Baga, Damasak, Dikwa, Gamboru Ngala, Gwoza, Kukawa, and Walassa.

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The report also added that the women and girls were vulnerable because of irregular supplies of food, clothing, medicine, and other essentials, along with restricted movement in the camps.

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