7 833 kids released from Civilian JTF
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.