OrderPaperToday – The Senate has resolved to set up an adhoc committee to look into a recent report by Amnesty International which accused Nigerian soldiers deployed to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps of molestation and meting out “inhumane and degrading treatment” to women living in the camps.
The report was simply dismissed by the presidency and the Nigerian security forces.
Presenting a point of order on this, Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna) stated that the report included details and empirical elements of torture, rape and starvation of these women.
Senator Sani stressed that the report is not “by one opposition or partisan group; it is a report taken very seriously by international organisations especially United Nations.”
He urged that the parliament has a “twin obligation to prosecute the war on terror but in every possible way protect and defend the fundamental rights of Nigerians.”
Speaking on his colleague’s point of order, the Deputy Senate leader, Bala Na Allah indicated that due to “the nature and character of what we have in the country makes it almost practically impossible not to have the kind of report that the AI is reporting about Nigeria. We must understand that we are not fighting with a defined enemy.”
The Senate however named a committee to probe the issue. The members are Senators Babajide Omoworare (APC, Osun), Abubakar Kyari (APC, Borno), Jeremiah Useni (PDP, Plateau), Binta Masi Garba (APC, Adamawa), Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra), Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP, Bayelsa) and Senator David Umaru (APC, Niger) as the Chairman.