Nigeria: COAS Hands Over 184 Child Soldiers to Borno State Govt, UN in Maiduguri

The Nigerian Chief of Army Staff lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has on Monday handed over 180 boys and girls to the Borno State Government and United Nation of the headquarters of 7 division Nigerian army, Maimalari cantonment Maiduguri.

Borno state governor kashim shettima who was represented by the commissioner for women affairs Fanta Baba Shehu expressed satisfaction over the tremendous successes recorded under the theatre of the operation since appointment of general Buratai as chief of army staff by president Muhammadu Buhari.

Governor Kashim advised the young boys and girls rescued by the military to conduct themselves as good citizens of Nigeria
The Chief of Army Staff lt. Tukur yusuf Buratai who was represented by the theatre commander Operation Lafiya Dole Major General Rogers Nicholas said the Nigerian army is poised to ensure the safety and protection of young children base on the international best practice.

He said the army would release the 184 boys and girls who were in their custody in the northeast stressing that the Nigerian army would make sure that these children would go through de-radicalisation program before reintegrating into society to ensure that there are no lapses.

Ibrahim Sise the United Nations resident humanitarian officer who received the children in collaboration with Borno state government said they will continue to put smile on the faces of Nigerian children especially those that have disassociated themselves with the armed groups Boko haram and promised to continue partner with the federal state and local institutions.

Sise said this is not the first time Nigerian military is handing over rescued children to the united nations as more than two thousand were received before

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