The Nigerian Army has handed over twenty eight children associated with armed conflict to the United Nations and Borno state government for rehabilitation and subsequent reintegration with their families.
At a ceremony at the Command and Control Centre, Maimalari Cantonmement Maiduguri, Theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole Major General Abba Dikko said the children were rescue during military operations in the north east.
He explained that the children had undergone several screening processes and have been cleared by the Joint Investigation Centre.
General Dikko called on their parents and the relevant government institutions to support them to become productive members of the society.
UNICEF chief of Field Office Borno state, Mr Geoffrey Ijumba described the event as a commitment of the military towards protecting the right and well-being of children affected by armed conflict in the north east.
According to Mr Ijumba, the military has this year handed over three hundred and thirty eight children to the United Nations out of which three hundred and thirty five have been reunited with their families.
The Permanent Secretary Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs Hajiya Hauwa Mai Musa said the children would undergo six to eight weeks rehabilitation exercise before being united with their parents.