The United States accuses Nigeria of using Child Soldiers.

 

…We don’t have child soldiers. Nobody has ever joined the army before th age of 18.

 

​A United States 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report has accused Nigeria of involving children under the age of 18 in its military operations  “hostile environments.” But the Army in a swift reaction, dismissed the report as not only baseless but designed to tarnish its hard-earned image.

The report listed Nigeria among countries to face restriction for allegedly violating the Child Soldier Prohibition Act, CSPA, 2008. Other countries also accused of violating the act in the report include Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The countries were said to have committed the said offences between April 1, 2016 and March 30, 2017, when the report was compiled.

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The report accused the Nigerian Security Forces ,NSF, of “using children as young as 12 years old in support roles”. “NSF has continued to detain and arrest children for alleged association with Boko Haram, some of whom may have been forcibly recruited,” the report read. “Governments identified on the list are subject to restrictions, in the following fiscal year, on certain security assistance and commercial licensing of military equipment.

“The CSPA, as amended, prohibits assistance to governments that are identified in the list under the following authorities: international military education and training, foreign military financing, excess defence articles, and peacekeeping operations, with exceptions for some programmes undertaken, pursuant to the peacekeeping operations authority.

A United States 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report has accused Nigeria of involving children under the age of 18 in its military operations  “hostile environments.” But the Army in a swift reaction, dismissed the report as not only baseless but designed to tarnish its hard-earned image.

The report listed Nigeria among countries to face restriction for allegedly violating the Child Soldier Prohibition Act, CSPA, 2008. Other countries also accused of violating the act in the report include Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The countries were said to have committed the said offences between April 1, 2016 and March 30, 2017, when the report was compiled.

The report accused the Nigerian Security Forces ,NSF, of “using children as young as 12 years old in support roles”. “NSF has continued to detain and arrest children for alleged association with Boko Haram, some of whom may have been forcibly recruited,” the report read.

“Governments identified on the list are subject to restrictions, in the following fiscal year, on certain security assistance and commercial licensing of military equipment.

“The CSPA, as amended, prohibits assistance to governments that are identified in the list under the following authorities: international military education and training, foreign military financing, excess defence articles, and peacekeeping operations, with exceptions for some programmes undertaken, pursuant to the peacekeeping operations authority.

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