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Military Hands Over 86 Boko Haram Child Fighters To Borno Government.

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    The Operation Safe Corridor (OPSC) has
handed over 86 Boko Haram child fighters
who voluntarily surrendered to troops of
Operation Lafiya Dole to the Borno State
Rehabilitation Centre in Bulumkutu.
The Acting Director of Defence Information,
Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this
in a statement forwarded to Channels
Television on Thursday.
He explained that this was in an effort to
ensure that minors and other repentant Boko
Haram fighters in the North East were given
the necessary support and opportunity to
embrace peace through the auspices of
“Following the handover, the repentant child
fighters would undergo comprehensive Child
Care Programme sponsored and organised by
United Nations International Children’s
Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in conjunction with
Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and
Social Development,” he said.
According to Nwachukwu, the handover
ceremony was witnessed by the Borno State
Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social
Development, Zuwaira Gambo, and a UNICEF
official, Mr Clement Adams, among others.
Gambo and Adams congratulated the
repentant children for laying down their arms
and urged them to take advantage of the
Deradicalisation, Rehabilitation and
Reintegration (DRR) programme to turn a new
leaf and abandon the senseless struggle.
The spokesman for the Defence
Headquarters noted that the minors were
considered suitable for the six months DRR
programme after thorough profiling and
He also revealed that arrangement was
ongoing to transfer another set of 500
repentant insurgents to OPSC for the
OPSC is a military-led non-kinetic multi-
national and multi-agency humanitarian
operation conducted in tandem with extant
international humanitarian laws to encourage
willing and repentant Boko Haram terrorists
in the North East to shun violent extremism.
It is designed to also deradicalise, rehabilitate
and reintegrate repentant Boko Haram
combatants who willingly surrender to troops.
The operation, according to Nwachukwu, is a
global model that enjoys collaboration and
support from local and international Non-
Governmental Organisations (NGOs), as well
as multi-national organisations such as
UNICEF, International Organisation for
Migration (IOM), United States Agency for
International Development (USAID),
Department for International Development
(DFID), Centre for Democracy and
Development (CDD), and North East Regional
Initiative (NERI).
He conveyed the call by the military to willing
Boko Haram insurgents to abandon the “futile
struggle” and surrender to troops of Operation
Lafiya Dole.
The DHQ spokesman gave assurance that
those who voluntarily surrender to troops
would be guaranteed safety and benefit from
the DRR programme.
He said the military remains committed to
strict adherence to the rules of engagement
and other extant laws, especially as it relates
to minors in conflict situations.


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