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North-East: Group to probe US child soldiers’ claims

Friday Olokor, Jos

Human rights organisation, Global Amnesty Watch, on Friday said it would investigate allegations of the use of child soldiers in the counter-insurgency war in North-East Nigeria, saying it contravened the Child Soldier Prohibition Act 2008.

The findings of the investigation, GAW said, would be made public at the appropriate time.

The organisation was reacting to the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report, which accused the Nigerian authorities of engaging persons below the age of 18 in military operations against Boko Haram terrorists.

The human rights group, in a statement signed by its Director (African Affairs), John Tom Lever, said there was a need to take the report in context to ensure that an advantage would not be handed to terrorists to regroup.

He explained that part of the shift the world urgently required was not to adopt simplistic view of crisis situations as such would tend to come off with an air of imperial dominance while jeopardising the interest of the vulnerable population that should be protected.

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