Reports have it that the United Nations (UN) has recently sent home a Nigerian peacekeeper for sexual exploitations.
A UN spokesman revealed on Tuesday that the said Nigerian Peacekeeper who served in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was sent home after an investigation found he had sexually exploited a woman.
The allegations against the Nigerian national dated back to February and March 2017, but apparently the woman later withdrew her complaint to the MONUSCO peace mission.
UN investigators however “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 pacemaker, 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.
Unfortunately, UN peacekeeping missions are facing a damaging wave of allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation of civilians whom they are mandated to protect in conflict zones worldwide. Though 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. Complaints unfortunately keep piling up that peacekeepers have not been held accountable in their countries for sexual abuse and exploitation of civilians while serving under the UN flag.
United Nations sends a Nigerian peacekeeper home for sexual exploitations
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.
It is said that the United Nations has over 96,000 peacekeepers serving in 14 missions worldwide and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has vowed to toughen the response to allegations of misconduct by the peacekeepers.