The United Nations Children’s Fund and officials of Borno State Government have confirmed the release of 25 Children(23 boys and 2 girls) linked with the Boko Haram.
The head of the military counter-insurgency in the North-East (Operation Lafiya Dole), Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, while handing over the children, noted that some of them escaped from their abductors and found their way to troops’ locations.
He said, “Children associated with insurgency are commonly subjected to abuse and most of them witnessed killings and sexual violence.
“Regardless of how they are recruited and the roles they played, their part ovation bears serious implications for their physical and emotional well-being.
“Therefore, their rehabilitation and reintegration into civilian life is an essential part of our effort in partnership with other stakeholders to help them rebuild their lives.”
“The children seated here today have been adequately profiled and their roles with Boko Haram ascertained as supportive and non-violent. Some of them are children whose parents were arrested for terrorist offenses and there is no justification to keep them in detention alongside their parents.”
The acting representatives of UNICEF in Nigeria said the children will be kept in UNICEF supported transit centre while efforts to reunite them with their families and reintegrate them back to their communizes were underway.