86 Boko Haram child fighters handed over to Borno govt

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The Nigerian army has handed over 86 Book Haram child soldiers to Borno State government for rehabilitation.

The 86 child soldiers had turned themselves in to the army.

A statement released by the acting Director, Defence Information, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, which revealed this, said the repentant child fighters would undergo comprehensive Child Care Programme sponsored and organized by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund,UNICEF, in conjunction with Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

It added that arrangement was also in the pipeline to transfer another set of 500 repentant insurgents to Operation Safe Corridor,for the De-radicalization,Rehabilitation and Re-integration,DRR programme.

The statement read in part: “Following the handover, the repentant child fighters would undergo comprehensive Child Care Programme sponsored and organized by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in conjunction with Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

“The child fighters who are between ages 10  19 are part of over 1,370 Boko Haram fighters who have so far surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole. After a thorough profiling and screening, the minors were considered suitable for the 6 months De-radicalization, Rehabilitation and Re-integration (DRR) programme.

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