Soldiers accused of stripping Nigerian women naked

Nigerian ArmyFrom EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian Army is embroiled in yet another human rights predicament after allegations officers stripped naked scores of women protesting for the independence of a volatile region south of the country.
The Indigenous People of the Biafra (IPOB) alleged the women were molested before their arrest in the Abia State where they had gathered to agitate for the autonomy of the Biafra, a region formerly independent but annexed by Nigeria after a war that ended in 1970.
Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesperson alleged this past weekend, government forces laid siege on Abiriba city before beating the women protestors, stripping some of them naked and taking them to nearby barracks.
Powerful condemned the alleged violations as “the highest form of criminal brutality” by the army.
The spokesperson called for the intervention of the world’s most eminent women, including Queen Elizabeth II to intervene.
This is the latest scandal to tarnish the image of the Nigerian army, which has previously been accused of killing some members of IPOB and the Islamic Movement.
In February, some officers were demoted and jailed for 21days for brutally assaulting a wheelchair-bound man found wearing camouflage in the southeastern Anambra State.
Rights groups have accused the army of rights violations during the war against the Boko Haram terrorists.
Colonel Sagir Musa, Deputy Army spokesperson, denied the allegations by IPOB.
He dismissed the reports as “comical” and “hilarious.”
Musa said the army was training troops further on civilian protection and respect for human rights in conflict.
“The allegation, just like others before it, is false and sheer IPOB’s propaganda to discredit the Nigerian Army. They will not succeed.”
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