The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has denied Amnesty International’s allegation of arresting, detaining and torturing children in its custody.
In its 91-page report titled “‘We dried our tears’: Addressing the toll on children of Northeast Nigeria’s conflict”, Amnesty International said it conducted interviews between November 2019 and April 2020 with more than 230 people affected by the conflict, including 119 who were children when they suffered serious crimes by Boko Haram, the Nigerian military, or both. They said 48 children were held in military detention for months or years alongside 22 adults.
Major General John Enenche, the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations in his response to the allegation accused the international humanitarian agency of undermining the success and efforts of the Nigerian military in the fight against insurgency.
“Why is it that every time we are recording success, they will come up with their…
Source: Linda Ikeji