President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered an immediate investigation into claims of sexual abuse against women and girls in IDP camps.
Buhari who was reacting to a damning report released on Monday by te Human Rights Watch, said anyone found guilt would be decisively dealt with.
The statement read, “Deeply worrying to hear the reports of sexual abuse and exploitation of women and girls by security personnel in IDP camps in the Northeast.
“I have seen the new Humans Rights Watch report, and asked the Inspector-General of Police and concerned State Governors to investigate immediately.
“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.”
There have been claims of sexual abuse by camp officials and security agents. Reports ‘uncovered’ a prostitution ring in one of the camps in Borno, a report which was denied by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
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