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Army hands over 25 minors to Borno state

The Nigerian Army has handed over twenty five minors associated with armed groups to Borno state government and UNICEF for proper rehabilitation and reintegration with their families.

At a ceremony in Maimalari cantonment Maiduguri, Theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole Major General Olusegun Adeniyi said the handing of the minors is in line with the Nigerian Army to abide by the protocol of the protection of right of the child associated with armed conflict.

He explained that the effort was part of the holistic approach that enhance the development and wellbeing of innocent children that are coerced into acts of terrorism and other forms of violence across the region.

The Children who are between the ages of eight to fifteen either escaped from the captivity of Boko Haram or were rescued during troops encounter with the insurgents in the theatre of Operation. Photo: Dauda Iliya (Radio Nigeria)

Borno state commissioner of women affairs Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo said the ministry with support of partners have rehabilitated and reintegrated one thousand six hundred and two children since the establishment of Bulumkutu rehabilitation centre in twenty seventeen.

Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo assured that the state government would provide all the children access to education and other services to become productive members of the society.

Unicef acting Chief of Field Office, Ms Gillian Walker observed that the release of the twenty five children marks the beginning of hope and step to their recovery.

She appreciated the partnership with the Nigerian Army and Borno state government for the mutual respect and adherence to the International Humanitarian Law.

Dauda Iliya

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