There is high rate of sexual abuse of minors and some vulnerable adults across military barracks in the country whogoz.ng has learnt.
Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, the Chief of Army Staff, on Tuesday, while addressing an audience lamented the increasing cases of sexual abuse in military formations across the country.
He however, explained that the increase in sexual molestations of minors and vulnerable adults are mostly based on the absence of soldiers at the home, citing that they(soldiers) are always away on duties fighting to protect the nation from both external and internal criminating forces.
General Yahaya, who was represented by the Commandant of the Nigeria Army School of Military Engineering (NASME), Brigadier General Mark Mamman, disclosed this while speaking at the 2021 Conference of Nigerian Armed Forces Catholic Chaplains in Makurdi, Benue State.
The theme of the event was titled ‘The role of military chaplains in present-day challenges of insecurity and moral decadence’.
“It is pertinent to note that most of our barracks and formations are gradually being flooded with cases of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.
“Thus, your theme for this combined conference, ‘Protection/Safeguarding of Minors and Vulnerable Adults in NA Formations: The Role of the Chaplain’, is important to addressing the causes and solutions to such menace.
“The horrible effect of experiencing abuse and neglect in childhood can lead to adverse outcomes in adulthood.
“The consequences of experiencing child abuse do vary considerably. For some adults, the effects of child abuse and neglect are chronic and debilitating, which can lead to debased character and behaviour.”
Whogoz.ng recalled that Lt. General Yahaya Farouk, had replaced the deceased Chief Of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a plane crash in Kaduna State.