DHQ denies Amnesty Internation child molestation allegation

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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.



Aneta Felix

Aneta Felix is a seasoned broadcast journalist and versatile content producer with an interest in reporting on human and gender rights, insecurity, corruption, and development among others. She has over five years of progressive experience, working across online, radio, and TV platforms, reporting the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa state, covering elections across the country and interviewing CEOs of multi-million dollar companies. Aneta is also the producer and presenter of the business documentary program, Startups, on TV360 Nigeria. She is a graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin and is based in Lagos Nigeria.


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