Oct 28, 2016 – 876 Children Branded Boko Haram Militants, Detained By The Nigerian Army Rescued By UN
The United Nations has succeeded in negotiating the release of 876 children detained by the Nigerian military.
According to AFP, the children had been in detention in barracks across Borno state since June.
The army routinely detains civilians, who have been living in areas that had been ruled by the Islamist militants on suspicion that they too might be linked to militant activities.
However, rights groups complain there is no proper legal process since they do not get formally charged. Some end up rehabilitation centres, which the groups say are like prisons.