“We will stop at nothing to ensure that violators of children and gender rights in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps do not elude sanctions.

“Those who short change IDPs in the distribution of food and medical items must not go unpunished,” the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) says.

The plan to investigate anomalies in these camps was announced on Thursday by the Executive Secretary of the commission, Chief Tony Ojukwu, in Yola at a two-day interface with the government agencies with protection mandate in Adamawa.

Ojukwu assured them that the commission would act on any genuine report on short changing IDPs in the distribution of food and other relief items.


However, he said the commission would rely on genuine information from the humanitarian actors to address such complaints.

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The executive secretary commended the Police for their response to allegations on short changing the IDPs as they sanction perpetrators.

"If some persons cheat on IDPs and we look the other way, we don’t know the next people that will become IDPs.

"I must commend the Nigerian Police for ensuring they respond fast on allegations of violation of IDPs rights, they do achieve this by constituting an investigation panel that could uncover perpetrators of such acts," Ojukwu said.

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He said that the interface with humanitarian actors was to enable the commission create a platform where other actors in humanitarian activities share information of mutual interest.

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According to him, collaboration between the NHRC and UNHCR has impacted positively in the sensitisation of human rights of citizens in Nigeria.

At least 1.7 million persons have been displaced in Nigeria's northeast as a result of an over eight years insurgency and Amnesty International has accused security personnel at some camps of raping IDPs. 

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