25 March 2019

Nigeria: Shettima Probes Alleged Child Prostitution, Sodomy, Forced Abortion in Maiduguri Prison

Maiduguri — Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State will today inaugurate an investigative panel to look into a detailed report by an online medium, alleging cases of child prostitution, sodomy and forced abortion at the Maiduguri maximum security prison.

Shettima, who announced this in his Twitter handle, said the panel is to be chaired by Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Kaka Shehu Lawan, while Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development is to serve as secretary.

Shettima's tweet using his verified handle, said "I just came across this disturbing story by an online medium. I am immediately setting up a committee under the chairmanship of the Hon. Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice alongside some key officials to visit the prisons, meet officials, investigate and report to me as soon as possible.

"Members of the committee are: K. S. Lawan,A.G& HC; Hauwa Mai-Musa, P.S.Women Affairs Ministry; Mohammed Umaru, Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Maiduguri; Amina Mustafa Ibrahim, Chairperson, Federation of International Women Lawyers, FIDA; representative of NPF; representative of DSS; representative of Comptroller, Nigeria Prisons Service, Borno State, and Jummai Usman Mshelia, State Coordinator, National Human Rights Commission, NHRC.

"Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs will serve as member/secretary.

"Insha Allah, I will inaugurate the committee at 11 am on Monday."

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