President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into an allegation of sexual abuse and exploitation at the camps of internally displaced persons in the northeast.
In its report on Monday, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleged that women and girls were being sexually exploited by security officials.
In response to the allegation, the president directed the inspector-general of police to immediately commence investigation into the issue.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is worried and shocked by 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,” Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said in a statement on Monday.
“The welfare of these most vulnerable of Nigerian citizens has been a priority of his government. Nigerians and the international community can rest assured that the allegations raised in the HRW are not being taken lightly.
“President Buhari 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.”