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UN Secretary-General calls for investigation on Nigeria forced abortions report

Nigeria's defense chief said the military will not investigate the report because it was not true.

FILE PHOTO: The United Nations headquarters building is pictured though a window with the UN logo in the foreground in the Manhattan borough of New York
FILE PHOTO: The United Nations headquarters building is pictured though a window with the UN logo in the foreground in the Manhattan borough of New York August 15, 2014.
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an investigation into allegations of systemic and coerced abortions reportedly perpetrated by the Nigerian army, the U.N spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Friday.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that the Nigerian Army has run a secret, systematic and illegal abortion program in the country's northeast since at least 2013.

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Nigeria's defense chief said the military will not investigate the report because it was not true.

"The Secretary-General takes note with concern of the allegations of systemic and coerced abortions reportedly perpetrated by the Nigerian Army against women and girls who had already been victimized by Boko Haram," U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in an email to Reuters.

"The allegations deserve thorough investigation and the application of immediate remedial actions and accountability measures, if necessary."

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