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BOKO HARAM: ARMY HANDS OVER 183 CHILDREN TO UNICEF

The Nigerian Army has formally handed over 183 children linked with insurgents in the Northeast to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for rehabilitation. Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, represented by the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Rogers Nicholas, said the handover, which was done on Monday, was in line with the international laws for the protection of children in conflict.

He explained that the children, made up of 175 boys and eight girls, aged between 7 and 18, were used as informants, fighters and suicide bombers by the insurgents. UNICEF Child protection specialist, Ibrahim Sesay, also said the children would undergo a comprehensive psychological support and rehabilitation programme to facilitate their reintegration into the society….

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