The President has immediately responded to the allegations that soldiers and government officials are r*ping girls and taking advantage of women at the IDP camps.
President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered immediate investigation into allegations that women and children are being s*xually exploited at the Internally Displaced Persons Camps by soldiers and government officials as contained in a report by the Human Rights Watch.
In a directiveissued on Monday to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim, and governors of affected states, the president instructed that they immediately commence investigations into the cases of $exual abuse and exploitation of women and girls as reported.
This was made public by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
"President Muhammadu Buhari is worried and shocked by the recently released Human Rights Watch (HRW) report which alleges $exual 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.
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"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," Shehu said.