Tuesday, 1 November 2016

President shocked over alleged rape of 43 female IDPs in Maiduguri

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) had said that 43 women and girls were raped, abused and sexually exploited by security operatives in seven IDP camps in Maiduguri in July 2016.
President Muhammadu Buhari has however reacted to this allegation.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, President Buhari who expressed worry over the report has however ordered an investigation into the matter.

The president reiterated his administration's commitment towards the welfare and security of the IDPs.

The statement reads:

"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."

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army on Sunday foiled an attempt by a suspected suicide bomber to attack the Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Maiduguri.

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