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ONSA exposes high level of sexual abuse by ISWAP against women

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•Intercepts ISWAP logistics network
•Seize large quantities of sexual enhancement drugs, intoxicants, alcoholic drinks 

Godsgift Onyedinefu 

The office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has exposed the high rate of sexual abuse perpetrated by Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) against vulnerable women in Nigeria’s North East.

The ONSA in a statement on Thursday by its spokesperson, Danjuma Reuben said troops of  159 troops of Task Force Battalion, on Tuesday, 23 July intercepted ISWAP logistics network and arrested two Toyota Hilux pick up vans conveying illicit logistics items including a large quantity of sex enhancing drugs belonging to the insurgent group along Road Gubio – Damasak.

According to the statement, several other illicit items including intoxicants, alcohol drinks in several plastics, amongst others were found on searching the vehicle.
Reuben revealed that the items were concealed in sixteen cartoons clearly marked Honey Well Macaroni to beat security checks..

He said , “the interception of the illicit drugs by the troop, particularly the large quantity of sex enhancing drugs demonstrates high level of sexual abuse perpetrated by the ISWAP against vulnerable women. 

He added, “this effort has also exposed the propaganda of ISWAP who claims to practise the genuine form of Islam but is in contradiction of Islamic jurisprudence by legalising the use of intoxicants through their actions.” 

The spokesperson further disclosed that the drivers of the vehicles said they were directed to deliver the items at Gudumbali Village, believed to be exchange point for illicit goods where it will be conveyed to ISWAP leadership in the Lake Chad.

Reuben noted that the ISWAP, which remains faceless with no defined frontier has targeted civilian population and humanitarian workers and business interests in the North-east region. 

He stated, “Like their foreign affiliates, ISWAP is driven by violent and extremist ideology. Many young women and girls have been sexually exploited by ISWAP, subjecting them to psychological trauma including using them as human shields or front-line combatants in their violent activities. 

“ISWAP is committing crimes against humanity, including violence to life and person, outrages personal dignity and humiliating and degrading treatment, crimes of sexual violence like rape, sexual slavery, forced pregnancy and other acts of sexual violence.”

To this end, he assured that the Nigerian security forces will continue to intensify efforts in intelligence gathering in order to secure all the captives, including girls and women who are still in the custody of extremist and terrorist groups in the country.

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