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Children Associated With Boko Haram Handed Over To Borno Govt

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The Nigeria Army has handed over 24 children, including a woman, associated with Boko Haram terrorists group in the Northeast, to the Borno State government and the United Nations Children’s Education Fund {UNICEF) for rehabilitation and reintegration into the society. Handing over the children and the woman, yesterday, at the headquarter theatre command of Operation Lafiya Dole, the Theatre Commander, Major General Abba Dikko, said the Army is handing over the children to Borno State government and UNICEF in respect of their human dignity and rights in compliance with International Humanitarian Law and global best practice. Maj Gen Dikko said: “In conflict, there must be people affected and through structured intervention, we were able to see that these children and woman affected were reconditioned and passed on to the process that would help to stabilise their lives. “Releasing these victims of armed conflict to Borno government and UN, signifies that Nigerian Army will continue to be in compliance with humanitarian laws and rules of engagement,” he added. The Theatre Commander, who further said that the released children were carefully screened and cleared, urged them to be law-abiding members of their communities when reintegrated.

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