A new report has shown just how Nigerian soldiers and even police officers have been involved in $exually assaulting women.
It has been revealed that Nigerian soldiers and policemen have over time r*ped and $exually abused women and girls.
According to the report, the women and girls who were harrassed were the ones fleeing the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram.
Forty-three cases of “s*xual abuse, including r*pe and exploitation”, were documented in July, HRW said.
The women and girls were housed at seven camps in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, where Boko Haram’s seven-year insurgency began.
That insurgency has displaced more than two million people and killed some 15,000 in the northeast.
An army spokesman declined to comment and referred the matter to the defense ministry. A spokesman for the department could not be reached by phone and did not respond to a text
message. A spokesman for the Nigerian police could not be reached on his mobile phone.
The rights group said it was also told of abuse carried out by camp leaders and members of security groups set up to help the military fight the insurgents.
According to HRW, Four people revealed that they were drugged and r*ped. Thirty-seven said they had been coerced into s*x through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance
A 17-year-old girl said she was r*ped by a policeman who approached her in a camp. “One day he demanded to have s*x with me. I refused but he forced me,” she said, adding that it happened once. She said he threatened to shoot and kill her when she discovered that she was pregnant.
Another girl – a 16-year-old who fled an attack on Baga, near Lake Chad, last year, said she was drugged and r*ped in May 2015 by a community security group member in charge of distributing aid in the camp.
Boko Haram, which controlled a swathe of land in the northeast around the size of Belgium early
last year, has largely been pushed
back to its base in the northeast’s vast Sambisa forest in the last few months.
Aid workers and soldiers have gained access to the group’s former northeastern strongholds, revealing
famine-like conditions which UNICEF says could kill 75,000 children over the next year if they do not receive aid.
in early October said they would investigate the use of government funds intended to assist displaced people, amid claims that money had been diverted.