Sanction those who sexually abused Boko Haram victims – TUC

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria decries the sexual abuse, rape and exploitation of women and girls living in seven internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital by camp leaders, vigilante groups, policemen, and soldiers.
It is bad enough that these women and girls are not getting the much-needed support since they escaped from the hands of Boko Haram, but worse that the security operatives who should protect them now take advantage of them and even infect them with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
As it stands now, these women and girls do not even know whether to run from the Boko Haram sect or the security operatives. What a world!
It is peak of wickedness for men to use positions of authority to exploit the weak. They deny the IDPs regular supplies of food, clothing, medicine, and other essentials, just to compound their vulnerability and make want to do anything to live. One wonders why everything about our country is now all about rape: the politicians rape our treasury, the judges rape justice while the security operatives rape victims of war! This is disgraceful and it portrays our officers and the country in a very bad light before the international community.
The country is facing a series of interconnected economic and humanitarian crises which, if not addressed, may further worsen under-development and it associated challenges. We charge the federal government, the army and police authorities to investigate and bring to book perpetrators of these dastardly acts. Those diverting the food meant for the IDPs should also be punished for their irresponsibility.
. Being a statement by Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, the President of the Trade Union Congress, and Comrade Simeso Amachree, the Acting Secretary General of the TUC.


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