22 January 2013

Nigeria: House to Probe Army Over Alleged Sexual Abuse

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Nigeria military personnel.

The House of Representatives Committee on Justice has said that it would investigate reports of alleged rape of women in Abuja by some soldiers if the army authorities refused to investigate the purported abuse.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja, the chairman of the committee, Dr. Ali Ahmad (PDP, Kwara), said it was disheartening the manner in which the military authorities handled the alleged abuse.

"We are therefore calling on the Army authorities to as a matter of urgency and necessity immediately commence investigation into the matter otherwise the committee will not hesitate to use the instrumentality of the legislature to look into the alleged abuses including the apparent refusal and failure of the Nigerian Army to investigate the matter," he charged.

"After several days of the reported sad event, and after the National Human Rights Commission specifically urged the Chief of Army, General Azubuike Ihejirika, to investigate the allegation that some men in army uniform abducted and raped some women under the guise that they were prostitutes, nothing has been heard regarding involvement of the army personnel or what the authorities are doing in this regard," the committee chair said.

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