11:00 am - Tuesday December 18, 2018

SHAMEFUL: UNITED NATIONS Sanctioned NIGERIAN Policeman on peacekeeping mission for Sexually assaulting Under-age GIRL, another woman in Democratic Republic of Congo *Barred from all UN missions, ordered home after investigation found him guilty *Suspect re-assigned by Nigerian government on UN mission to South Sudan *UN request Nigeria Government to report any disciplinary or legal action taken against him * ‘We have vowed to toughen the response to allegations of misconduct by peacekeepers’- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres BY TIM ILOSU/CRIME REPORTER, reporting from Congo

SHAMEFUL:

UNITED NATIONS Sanctioned NIGERIAN Policeman on peacekeeping mission for Sexually assaulting Under-age GIRL, another woman in Democratic Republic of Congo

*Barred from all UN missions, ordered home after investigation found him guilty

*Suspect re-assigned by Nigerian government on UN mission to South Sudan

*UN request Nigeria Government to report any disciplinary or legal action taken against him

* ‘We have vowed to toughen the response to allegations of misconduct by peacekeepers’- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

BY TIM ILOSU/CRIME REPORTER, reporting from Congo

HE IS A NIGERIAN POLICEMAN on United Nation (UN) peace mission. But his uncontrollable ‘libido’ has put him into trouble. The encounter of this Nigerian to vulnerable under-age girls and women in the Democratic Republic of Congo led to sexual assault.

Immediately UN got wind of this disgraceful allegation, an internal investigation was put in place where he was found guilty. This Nigerian policewoman has been sent home and barred from peacekeeping after an investigation found he had sexually exploited a woman, a UN spokesman said Tuesday.

The allegations against the Nigerian national date back to February and March 2017, but the woman later withdrew her complaint to the MONUSCO peace mission. UN investigators “found that the allegation of sexual exploitation was substantiated and that the victim had been paid off by the alleged subject to withdraw her complaint,” said UN spokesman Farhan Haq.

The policeman, who had since moved on to serve in the UN mission in South Sudan, was recently sent home and UN officials have asked Nigeria to report on any disciplinary or legal action taken against him.

UN peacekeeping missions are facing a damaging wave of allegations of sex abuse and sexual exploitation of civilians that they are mandated to protect in conflict zones worldwide. Under UN rules, it is up to the troop- or police-contributing country to take action against their nationals in cases of misconduct in peacekeeping missions.

That has led to complaints that peacekeepers have not been held accountable in their countries for sexual abuse and exploitation of civilians while serving under the UN flag. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has vowed to toughen the response to allegations of misconduct by the peacekeepers.

Last month, the Security Council adopted a US-drafted resolution aimed at reinforcing measures such as repatriating peacekeepers and withholding UN payments to soldiers involved in misconduct.

The United Nations has 96,000 peacekeepers serving in 14 missions worldwide.

*Additional Reports by AFP

 

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