– Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have rescued some child soldiers from the terrorist Boko Haram group
– The children have also been handed over to the Borno state government by the Nigerian Military
– According to the Nigerian Military, the child fighters voluntarily surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole
The Nigerian Military on Thursday, November 7, said it had handed over 86 children used as child soldiers by the Boko Haram insurgents to the Borno state government.
The defence headquarters in a statement by its spokesperson, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, said the children were handed over to the state government by the Operation Safe Corridor.
Onyema said the child fighters who voluntarily surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole are currently with the Borno state Rehabilitation Centre in Bulumkutu.
Nwachukwu while stating that the Military released the children to the state government to ensure that other minors and repentant Boko Haram fighter in the northeast region get all the support needed to embrace peace.
He also said that the children received by the state government are between the ages of 10 and 19 and that they were part of over 1,370 Boko Haram fighters who had surrendered to troops.
He also said that a fresh set of 500 Boko Haram members who have repented from terrorist activities will be transferred to Operation Safe Corridor for the De-radicalization, Rehabilitation and Re-integration Programme.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Army had announced its plan to recruit 4,832 soldiers who would be deployed to different parts of the country.
The commandant of the Depot Nigerian Army, Major General Sani Mohammed said new recruits would be officially commissioned after a passing out parade.
Speaking on the training for the fresh recruits, Major General Aminu Maitama who represented the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said training in the Nigerian Army is a continuous process that would last throughout a soldier’s career.
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