Sexual abuse: Nigeria deploys 100 female to IDP camps

2016-11-08 18:23


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Maiduguri – Nigerian authorities have deployed at least 100 female police officers to camps for people who have fled Boko Haram's insurgency, following a sexual abuse report by the Human Right Watch (HRW), reports BBC.

The HRW recently claimed that it documented 43 cases of abuse that took place in July in seven camps for internally displaced people (IDP) in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.

The abuse, including rape and sexual coercion, was alleged to have been carried out by camp leaders, police officers and soldiers.

The claims reportedly shocked President Muhammadu Buhari, who immediately ordered an investigation into the allegations.

The deployment of the officers, drawn from various divisions, was also set to "dig out true happenings" in the camps.

The Boko Haram conflict has left at least 20 000 people dead in northeast Nigeria since 2009 and forced more than 2.6 million from their homes.

Read more on:    boko  |  hrw  |  haram  |  muhammadu buhari  |  nigeria  |  west africa

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