7 833 kids re­leased from Civil­ian JTF

Weekly Trust - - News - Olayemi John-Men­sah

The United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund (UNICEF) yes­ter­day wel­comed the re­lease of re­lease of 833 chil­dren from the ranks of the Civil­ian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Maiduguri as part of its com­mit­ment to end the re­cruit­ment and use of chil­dren.

This is the first for­mal re­lease of chil­dren from the CJTF since Septem­ber 2017 when the group signed an ac­tion plan com­mit­ting to put mea­sures in place to end and pre­vent child re­cruit­ment fol­low­ing a list­ing in the an­nexes of the UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral’s an­nual re­port for chil­dren in armed con­flict.

The deputy rep­re­sen­ta­tive and the co-chair of the United Na­tions coun­try task force on mon­i­tor­ing and re­port­ing on grave child rights vi­o­la­tions, Pernille Iron­side, said the re­lease of the chil­dren showed com­mit­ment to im­ple­ment the pro­vi­sions of the ac­tion plan and up­hold in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law, hu­man rights laws as well as other re­gional and na­tional leg­is­la­tions, pro­tect­ing chil­dren’s rights.

Since the ac­tion plan was signed, mem­bers of the CTFMR ini­ti­ated a joint field ver­i­fi­ca­tion ex­er­cise to as­cer­tain the pres­ence and as­so­ci­a­tion of chil­dren within the com­mand struc­tures and ranks of the Civil­ian Joint Task Force. 1,469 chil­dren (1,175 boys and 294 girls), associated with the CJTF were iden­ti­fied Maiduguri.

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