UNICEF Secures Release Of 23 Kids From Security Custody

Jayfred Ugo

Jayfred Ugo

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) recently announced that it has helped secure the release of 23 boys and two girls from the administrative custody of the Nigerian army.

The foundation attained administrative clearance for the 25 kids suspected of having ties with some illegal armed groups. UNICEF, however, claimed that there is no sufficient evidence tying the accused kids to any crime.

Pernille Ironside, the acting representative of UNICEF Nigeria, disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos State during an occasional visit to the country last week.

He declared that the foundation had brought the number of children released from security custody this year to 44.

"These are children taken away from their families and communities, deprived of their childhood, education, healthcare, and of the chance to grow up in a safe and enabling environment.

"UNICEF will continue working to ensure that all conflict-affected children are reunited with their families and given hope of fulfilling their dreams and their human rights," Ironside said.

A total of 894 children, including 106 girls, have so far been released from the ranks of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Maiduguri. The north-east part of Nigeria has been the target of terrorist attacks, with children on the streets being held captive and forced to work for the dangerous sect.

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