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IDPs: Buhari Orders Probe Of Reported Rape, Sexual Abuse Of Women By Govt Officials

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[caption id="attachment_13305" align="alignnone" width="650"]President Muhammadu Buhari[/caption]

Sequel to the report by Human Rights Watch that Nigerian officials sexually abuse women and girls at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps in Borno, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to investigate the allegations.

It would be recalled that Human Rights Watch had release a damning report on how women and girls are being raped and abused by government officials who are supposed to be their guardians in IDP Camps.

Buhari, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has expressed shock over the report, assuring international organisations that adequate steps would be taken to address the allegations.

“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,” Shehu said.

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“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”, he added.

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