Army accused of sexual assault in Borno IDP camps

The Nigerian Army, yesterday, denied any molestation, sexual
assaults or rape of female Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) any
camp in Borno State, as alleged by Amnesty International (AI).
Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig-Gen. John Agim, at a
news conference at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, said it
has also been established that soldiers are not deployed to
Bakassi and Dalori camps in the state capital visited yesterday by
journalists.
According to him, the two camps have a population of over 43,000
IDPs from seven councils, with no reported cases of either sexual
assaults or rape by any soldier.
“For the military, particularly on general based violence, rape is an
outright aberration,” which is grievous and cannot go unpunished.
He said ‘blanket allegation and insinuations,’ as contained in the AI
report against the Armed Forces, are rather ineffective
methodologies to address this ill, adding: “It is, therefore, high time
we address this issue squarely, rather that resorting to blanket
allegations.”
According to Agim, the Armed Forces do not condone rape,
insisting there are no rapists among soldiers fighting Boko Haram
insurgency.
He said the military has several measures in place to regulated the
conduct of troops and define their relationships with members of
host communities, saying before troops are deployed in the
frontlines, they are made to undergo mandatory pre-induction
training for five weeks on fundamental human rights, international
law of armed conflicts, rules of engagement and gender-based
violence.

2 Comments

  1. Good information

  2. OK

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