Soldiers, Policemen Arrested For ‘Raping, Sexually Exploiting’ Women Displaced By Boko Haram

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Ibrahim Idris, said two policemen, three army personnel, one prison official, one Air Force personnel, a staff of Borno Ministry for Agriculture and two members of the Civilian JTF have been arrested for sexually abusing women and girls displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

A report published in Human Rights Watch, in October, detailed how government officials abused and raped women living at IDP camps in Borno State.

The report documented sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation, of 43 women and girls living in seven internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Four of the victims told Human Rights Watch that they were drugged and raped, while 37 were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance.

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the I-G and the affected state governors to investigate the allegation.

Police set up a special panel to investigate the alleged abuses.

Speaking Tuesday at the Inspector-General of Police Conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr Idris said police would liaise with the Army and Air Force to make their personnel available for a thorough investigation.

Mr. Idris said after the investigation, any suspects found guilty of the offence would be dismissed and taken to court for prosecution.

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Report Claims Nigerian Security Officials Are Sexually Exploiting Women, Girls Displaced By Boko Haram

Government officials and other authorities in Nigeria have raped and sexually exploited women and girls displaced by the conflict with Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

The rights group said in a statement that the government was not doing enough to protect displaced women and girls and ensure that they have access to basic rights and services or to sanction the abusers, who include camp leaders, vigilante groups, policemen, and soldiers.

Human Rights Watch said in July, it documented sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation, of 43 women and girls living in seven internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The victims had been displaced from several Borno towns and villages, including Abadam, Bama, Baga, Damasak, Dikwa, Gamboru Ngala, Gwoza, Kukawa, and Walassa. In some cases, the victims had arrived in the under-served Maiduguri camps, where their movement is severely restricted after spending months in military screening camps.

“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,” said Mausi Segun, senior Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch. “It is disgraceful and outrageous that people who should protect these women and girls are attacking and abusing them.”

Four of the victims told Human Rights Watch that they were drugged and raped, while 37 were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance.

Many of those coerced into sex said they were abandoned after they became pregnant. They and their children have suffered discrimination, abuse, and stigmatization from other camp residents. Eight of the victims said they were previously abducted by Boko Haram fighters and forced into marriage before they escaped to Maiduguri, the group said.

Women and girls abused by members of the security forces and vigilante groups – civilian self-defense groups working with government forces in their fight against Boko Haram – told Human Rights Watch they feel powerless and fear retaliation if they report the abuse.

 A 17-year-old girl said that just over a year after she fled the frequent Boko Haram attacks in Dikwa, a town 56 miles west of Maiduguri, a policeman approached her for “friendship” in the camp, and then he raped her.

“One day he demanded to have sex with me,” she said. “I refused but he forced me. It happened just that one time, but soon I realized I was pregnant. When I informed him about my condition, he threatened to shoot and kill me if I told anyone else. So I was too afraid to report him.”

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5m Nigerians Displaced By Boko Haram– Senate

The Senate yesterday condemned the increasing spate terror attacks by Boko Haram sect in the North-East, saying about five million Nigerians have been displaced by the sect.

The concerned raised about the activities of the terror group followed the second reading of two Bills seeking the ?establishment of North-East Development Commission that would be responsible for the rebuilding of the zone on the floor of the Senate.

One of the bills, entitled ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish the North-east Development Commission in the Federal Republic of Nigeria to address the devastation caused by insurgency and other connected matters (2015)..’ was sponsored Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, while Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano South) sponsored the second one known as ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish North-East Development Commission charged with the responsibility among other things to receive and manage fund from allocation of the federation account and international donors for the settlement, rehabilitation and reconstruction of roads, houses and business premises of victims of insurgency and for other related matters (2015)’.

The bills which were consolidated are seek to provide a legal framework for the coordination of activities for rehabilitation of internally displaced persons and reconstruction of infrastructure destroyed in the North-East.

Painting a pathetic picture of what the people of the North-East were going through in the hands of the insurgents, Gaya said over 15,000 lives were lost while over 5 million people were internally displaced due to the crisis in the region.

He said in view of the level of devastation in the region, an urgent well planned rescue programme to rebuild the region was necessary because Nigeria has the largest population rate of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).


FG Launches Mobile Schools For Displaced Boko Haram Victims

School-age children of Internally Displaced Persons in some parts of the North-East affected by the insurgency are back in school as the Federal Government launched Mobile Containerized schools last week in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The 50-foot container is a mobile classroom, which efficiently contains 35 students and is fully equipped with basic educational materials and furnishing including solar panels for electricity powering lights and fans.

The mobile classes are complete with chairs and tables, blackboard/whiteboard, a projector and a metal storage cabinet.

Speaking at the launch held on Tuesday at the Dalori Internally Displaced Camp in the Borno State capital, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo recalled that the project was one of the many things that will come the way of the North-East following his visit to Borno State in July at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The launch of this containerized schools is a major step and a sheer demonstration that we are working towards-building the infrastructure in the North-East as we need to secure the future of our children”, the Vice President remarked in a message delivered on his behalf by his aide, Mariam Masha.

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Anambra, Kogi Bloody Clash: 2,500 Displaced- Community Leader

No fewer than 2,500 people have allegedly been displaced since the commencement of the Anambra and Kogi states communal bloody clash about 18 months ago.

Disclosing this yesterday, a community leader in Aguleri, one of the warring communities in Anambra, and Patron of Omambala Indigenous Youth Foundation, Chief Ifeanyichukwu Abala, regretted that the states and Federal Government have not put a stop to the war.

According to him, “these displaced people on the side of Anambra state need medication, food and shelter to help curtail the suffering they are going through”.

He stressed the need for the warring communities of Odeke and Echeno in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State and Enugu Otu Agulueri, Eziagulu Otu, Mkpunando and Agulueri, Anambra East Local Government Areas of Anambra State to have a covenant and boundary demarcation to end the war.

“The traditional ruler of Igala, HRM Attah Agabaidu Michael Idakwo Anieh Oboni, HRH Rev JJ Agbata the Doga of Echeno community,   traditional ruler of Odeke, HRH Dominic Urana, the Doga of Odeke, Igwe Christopher Idigo of Aguleri and Eze Akajiofor Chukwuemeka Ezeani, were among the traditional rulers who endorsed our call for covenant and boundary demarcation”, he disclosed.