DHQ speaks on Amnesty International Child molestation allegation

The Defence Headquarters has debunked claims of arrests, detention and torture of children, leveled against it by Amnesty International.

Amnesty International had published a 91-paged report alleging that the Nigerian army is notorious for unlawfully detaining and torturing children from Borno and Adamawa states.

Joanne Mariner, Acting Director of Crisis Response at Amnesty International, says the country risk creating a lost generation, unless they urgently address how the war has targeted and traumatized thousands of children.

Mariner says it was appalling that authorities charged to protect children, detain them in inhumane conditions and allow them to be sexually abused by adult inmates.

But Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, refuted the claims at a Press Conference in Abuja.

Enenche accused the International Watchdog of attempting to undermine the success and efforts of the Military in counter insurgency operations in the North East.


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