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Friday, 8 June 2018

Senate To Probe Military Over Rape Of Internally Displaced Women

The Senate, yesterday, moved to set up an adhoc committee to probe Amnesty International’s reports of rape, torture and starvation of women by military personnel in Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp in the North-East.
This was sequel to a motion under matters of urgent public importance promoted by Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central), who called attention to the need to critically take a position on the revelations contained in the report.

Coming under order 42 of the Senate standing rules, the lawmaker presented a copy of the report as compiled by Amnesty International, saying the Senate had an obligation to safeguard the nation’s integrity and image before the international community.
Sani lamented that many of the women allegedly abused and tortured by military personnel were those who survived or escaped Boko Haram attacks, only to end up being raped and tortured by those who should have protected and secured them.

He said: “This report is damning and indicting, and has been presented globally and has the capacity to ridicule and present the Nigerian nation in a very bad light.

“As an institution, we have a duty to protect human rights. Amnesty international report contains all that we need to ask questions as to how this war is being prosecuted.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who presided, called for a careful analysis and investigation of the report before a legislative position could be taken on it.
Saraki said the report should not be looked at purely from a human rights point of view, adding that an adhoc committee would be best suited to carry out the task of investigating the issues at stake.




Endee Saint Mark

What is the police doing? Why ad adhoc committee?

Endy Edeson

@Mark: You mean the police should do the investigation?

Johnson Ahile

Imagine what service men are doing. too bad for a country

Endy Edeson

If guilty, it's quite sad. Most perpetrators are not aware of the consequences of their act

Emmanuel Conquer Oko Ewa Udu

This is highly unprofessional if true, any one found guilty should be made to face the law. Another thing they should also take into consideration are the provisions on ground for the IDPs and the personnel on ground. And how the items brought into these IDP camps are been shared.

Endy Edeson

@Conquer; Well said

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