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Buhari shock over rape, sexual exploitation on IDP victims

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for action on Human Rights Watch’s reports on IDP sexual exploitation.

IDP camp in Nigeria
IDP camp in Nigeria

HRW has reported that some government officials are raping and sexually busing women displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Responding to the allegation through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, GArba Shehu, Buhari instructed the Inspector General of POlice and the state governors of the affected states to commence investigation to fish out the culprits.

He assured Nigerians and international communities that victims of Boko Haram are of high priority to his administration and any ill treatment would not be taken lightly.

Buhari said ” President Muhammadu Buhari is worried and shocked by the recently released Human Rights Watch (HRW) report which alleges sexual abuse and exploitation of women and girls in camps for those displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

“The welfare of these most vulnerable of Nigerian citizens has been a priority of his government. Nigerians and the international community can rest assured that the allegations raised in the HRW are not being taken lightly.

“President Buhari has instructed the Inspector General of Police and the state governors of the affected states to immediately commence investigations into the issue. Their findings will determine the next course of action for the government and define an appropriate response.

“While the Nigerian military continues to work hard so that these unfortunate victims of Boko Haram terrorism can soon return safely to their homes, the government will do its best to ensure their protection and welfare in the temporary IDP camps.”

 

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