In a bid to rehabilitate victims of the Boko haram ideological movement, the Nigerian Military has handed over 86 Boko Haram child fighters to Borno State Rehabilitation Centre in Bulumkutu.
The Acting Director of Defence Information, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, who handed the child to state government officials said that the fighters voluntarily surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.
Nwachukwu said the move was part of 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 OPSC.
He added that the repentant child fighters would undergo a comprehensive Child Care Programme sponsored and organized by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in conjunction with Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
According to him, the child fighters who are between ages 10 19 are part of over 1,370 Boko Haram fighters who have so far surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.