Amnesty accuses Nigerian military of brutalising women


JOHANNESBURG, May 24 – Amnesty International has accused Nigeria’s military of brutalising women it claimed to have rescued.

In a Thursday report “They betrayed us”, Amnesty said starving women had been raped by soldiers and militia who claimed to be rescuing them.

The organisation said thousands of women and girls who survived the brutal rule of the Boko Haram armed group had since been further abused by Nigerian security forces.

The report reveals how the Nigerian military and Civilian Joint Task Force (Civilian JTF) – a militia who work alongside them – had separated women from their husbands and confined them in remote “satellite camps” where they were raped, sometimes in exchange for food.

Amnesty International has collected evidence that thousands of people have starved to death in the camps in Borno state, north-east Nigeria, since 2015.

“It is absolutely shocking that people who had already suffered so much under Boko Haram have been condemned to further horrendous abuse by the Nigerian military,” said Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty International Nigeria.

In some cases, the abuse appears to be part of a pattern of persecution of anyone perceived to have a connection to Boko Haram.

When the women complained about their treatment they were beaten and called “Boko Haram” wives.

– African News Agency (ANA)