‘Fe­male Idps sex­u­ally ha­rassed, mo­lested’

The Punch - - PHOTONEWS -

Aso­cio-cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tion, the Plateau Youth G-17 Peace and Progress Fo­rum, has al­leged that women in the In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons’ camps face molesta­tion and sex­ual ha­rass­ment be­fore they can ac­cess daily meals for their chil­dren.

This al­le­ga­tion came about five months af­ter the death of over 200 per­sons dur­ing an at­tack on some com­mu­ni­ties in barkin Ladi Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Plateau State by sus­pected Fu­lani herds­men.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion called on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to ur­gency ful­fill its prom­ises to the peo­ple.

The Con­vener of PY G-17 PPF and the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party can­di­date for Jos east/jos South Fed­eral Con­stituency in the 2019 elec­tions, Dachung Ba­gos, spoke at a press brief­ing on Fri­day.

he said, “It is on record that Plateau State has well over 20,000 peo­ple, mostly chil­dren and women, in the IDP camps across the state. The liv­ing con­di­tions of the IDPS are hor­ri­ble and con­tinue to de­te­ri­o­rate by the day due to neg­li­gence and dis­re­gard by the gov­ern­ment.

“re­li­able in­for­ma­tion has it that women are be­ing mo­lested and sex­u­ally ha­rassed in the camp be­fore they can ac­cess daily meals for their chil­dren. most of the chil­dren are now out of school with lit­tle or no hope of any form of ed­u­ca­tion.

“ru­ral agri­cul­ture has been se­verely dis­rupted as farm­lands are be­ing de­stroyed and har­vest is low within the axis be­cause many can no longer go to their farms for fear of be­ing at­tacked or killed by herds­men. These ci­ti­zens have lost ev­ery­thing and now live on hand­outs in IDP camps.

“both the fed­eral and Plateau state gov­ern­ments should be held ac­count­able and should be re­minded of their pledge and prom­ises to­wards as­sist­ing these IDPS by re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing, rein­te­grat­ing and re­lo­cat­ing them back to their an­ces­tral homes be­fore the end of 2018.”

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