Release of 183 Children: UNICEF Hails Nigerian Armed Forces
United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has applauded the release of 183 children from the custody of the Nigerian Armed Forces in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Mohamed Fall, in a statement on Monday, said assured Borno State of the agency’s assistance.
He said: “These eight girls and 175 boys are first and foremost victims of the ongoing conflict and their release is an important step on their long road to recovery.
“We will be working with the Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and partners to provide the children with all the assistance they need. I also want to commend the action taken by the military and the authorities. It demonstrates a clear commitment to better protect children affected by the conflict.”
“Having been held in administrative custody, the children will receive medical attention and psychosocial support before the process of reuniting them with their families and reintegrating them into society begins.”
released children, aged 7-18, were cleared of ties with the Boko Haram insurgents.