Chris Steven, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Inspector General of Police,Ibrahim Idris and governors of the North East States to investigate issues of sexual abuses and exploitation of women and girls in Internally Displaced Persons(IDP) camps displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.
The Human Right Watch had alleged that some victims currently taking refuge in IDP camps in parts of the North East had fallen prey to sexual abuse and exploitation.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,Garba Shehu had reacted on behalf of the Presidency,saying the development was indeed worrisome and shocking to the President.
He said,”the recently released Human Rights Watch (HRW) report which alleges sexual abuse and exploitation of women and girls in camps for those displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency is worrisome and shocking.
“Because the welfare of these most vulnerable of Nigerian citizens has been a priority of his government. Nigerians and the international community can be rest assured that the allegations raised in the HRW are not being taken lightly.
“The President 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”.