Borno IDPs Open Up On Alleged Rape By Military Officials
Some internally displaced persons in Borno State want you to know that soldiers are not raping them.
They denied the Amnesty International report on alleged rape and human rights abuses against them by the military.
Amnesty International had, in its latest report, accused the Nigerian soldiers of raping thousands of women and girls who escaped from the Boko Haram insurgents.
The organisation also alleged that the soldiers killed many people who refused to be moved from territories rescued from the insurgents.
But in separate interviews in Maiduguri, the IDPs from Marte, Monguno, Gwoza, Gwuzamala, Nganzai, Bama and Konduga denied the allegation, saying it was a fabrication.
Others, however, said only civil cases had been recorded in camps within the last four years.
Aisha Bukar, an IDP in Bakassi camp, said there were no cases of rape recorded in the camp within the last four years.
Bukar said soldiers were hardly seen on the camp premises, whereas the State Emergency Management Agency, the National Emergency Management Agency and some non-governmental organisations provided support for the IDPs.
She said the soldiers only came into the camp to maintain order during the distribution of food.
Hauwa Ismaila, another IDP, also said some cases of sexual exploitation were among IDPs, not with the military.
Mabruka Dibal, an IDP from Gwoza, said the military had been supportive by providing protection.
“Nobody is raping us. We have been protected for over four years. You can go around and ask anybody,” she said.
According to Falmata Bukar, the women leader in Dalori camp, the IDPs have been living together peacefully.
Bukar said, “We are IDPs from Bama and I can assure you that nothing of such has ever occurred in the camp in the last four years.
“The cases were mostly among our IDPs. Those found taking advantage of the female IDPs were arrested and punished.”
Similarly, the Chairperson of SEMA, Ms. Yabawa Kolo, said that the agency had not received any case of domestic violence against IDPs in any of the camps across the state.