Rights group, Amnesty International (AI) has accused the Nigerian military of subjecting children in the northeast ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency to unlawful treatment and detention.
The allegation by Amnesty International was contained in a new report on Tuesday titled, “‘We dried our tears’: Addressing the toll on children of Northeast Nigeria’s conflict”.
According to AI, the 91-page report was based on interviews conducted 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.
The group also added that the report also included 48 children held in military detention for months or years, as well as 22 adults who had been detained with children
“The past decade of bitter conflict between Nigeria’s military and Boko Haram has been an assault on childhood itself in Northeast Nigeria. The Nigerian authorities risk creating a lost generation, unless they urgently address how the war has targeted and traumatized thousands of children,” the statement qouted Joanne Mariner, Acting Director of Crisis Response at Amnesty International, as saying.
The rights group said children in areas under Boko Haram control had been subjected to torture and forced to watch public executions and other brutal punishments.
The report quoted a 17-year-old girl who narrated her life in the Sambisa forest after she escaped Boko Haram captivity for four years: “[My] wicked ‘husband’ always beat me… My daily activities included praying, cooking if there was food, [and] going for Quranic lessons. No movement was allowed, and no visiting friends. It was a terrible experience, and I witnessed different punishments, from shooting to stoning to lashing.”
“She, and most other former child “wives” interviewed – including some who returned with children born during captivity – had received little or no assistance in returning to school, starting livelihoods, or accessing psychosocial support,” Amnesty International said.
The report alleged that children who escaped Boko Haram territory were arbitrarily detained for years in military barracks, in conditions amounting to torture or other ill-treatment.
“Most such detentions are unlawful; children are never charged or prosecuted for any crime and are denied the rights to access a lawyer, appear before a judge, or communicate with their families. The widespread unlawful detentions may amount to a crime against humanity,” the report added.
South-West States Signifies Readiness To Reopen Schools For WASSCE
The six South-West states have expressed readiness to conduct the 2020 West African School Certificate Examinations for students in the region.
The unanimous decision was taken by the six state governments at the end of an online meeting by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria DAWN Commission in collaboration with the forum of South-West education commissioners, special advisers on education and the State Universal Basic Education Board chairmen today July 15.
A statement released after the meeting reads in part;
“The Forum, after careful deliberations, considering peculiarities of each state and options available reached a consensus on the subject matters and are expressed thus:
On WAEC examinations; State Commissioners for Education have signified readiness to sit students for the 2019/2020 WAEC examinations.
At the least, August 3rd, resumption for final year SSS3 students, states should approach the Federal Government at the first instance seeking the postponement of the WAEC exam by at least three weeks from proposed resumption. In the second instance states should directly approach WAEC to seek an extension of the WAEC Examinations to week commencing August 24.
All schools, when reopening should have in place incident managers and classroom wardens for every school and every classroom. The designation of the Quality Assurance Department for each state to issue a Safety Compliance Certificate to each school before reopening.
Encourage intense advocacy campaigns of the stakeholders – parents, teachers, caregivers, proprietress/headteachers, and the pupils on what is expected of them when schools resume.
“Only hostel/ dormitory accommodation attached to schools should be provided where available to ease logistics and travel challenges of pupils and teachers. Tests and health checks of all pupils and teachers as a prerequisite for accommodation.”
The forum also urged WAEC to encourage the administering the use of Computer-Based Tests while each state should deliberately intensify efforts and invest more in education technology.
Recall that on July 8, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, announced the Federal Government’s decision to cancel this year’s WASSCE examination due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
“Igbo Youth Are Jealous, Have Low Self Esteem And Are Raised To Steal” — Kemi Olunloyo Says
Controversial Nigerian self acclaimed investigative Journalist, Kemi Olunloyo has said the Igbo youth have low self esteem, are raised to steal and aren’t creative.
She made this known on Wednesday July 15 in a post she shared on her official Twitter page.
Kemi had kicked off a #DaftNigerians hash tag campaign on Twitter, twitting about how “daft” some Nigerians are but she however argued and maintained that when it comes to “Igbo youth”, that theirs is “worst”.
According to her, the Igbo youth are jealous in nature, raised to steal ideas instead of being creative.
To further buttress her point, she cited the copyright situation in the Aba area of Abia State, probably referring to how new and trending original products are replicated, reproduced and repackaged to look like the original, hence the popular name tag “Aba-Made”.
In her words, “Igbo youth are the WORST! They are jealous with low self esteem. They are raised to steal ideas instead of being creative. The copyright situation in Aba should have never been. Many brainwashed by Nnamdi Kanu ideals, many locked up in #PHMax for being IPOB.”
See screenshot of her post below.
Ghanaian Nanny, 71, Arrested In US After Being Caught On Camera Hitting And Kicking A Baby Under Her Care [Video]
A 71-year-old Ghanaian nanny who was employed to take care of a baby has been arrested after CCTV footages revealed that she has been abusing the child in the absence of his parents.
Abena Yeboah as she has been identified could be seen in one of the footages spanking and hitting the child for reasons best known to her.
After the discovery, she was reported to authorities and an arrest was made by NYPD officers.
Abena who lives in Bronx was hired to take care of the baby in Hackensack.
The Prosecutor’s Office said she was charged with one count of Title 9 child abuse. Officials disclosed that the police in Hackensack was first notified of the alleged abuse on July 8.
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella who announced her arrest, said;
“During her time as a nanny for the family, she was observed on a nanny camera physically abusing the child by hitting, kicking, and yanking the child by the arm.”
Musella revealed that Yeboah was arrested in the Bronx by New York police after Hackensack police issued a warrant for her. She was taken into custody and is awaiting an extradition hearing.
New Jersey’s Title 9 child abuse statute makes it a fourth-degree crime to inflict “unnecessarily severe corporal punishment” or “unnecessary suffering or pain, either mental or physical,” on a child. People convicted of a fourth-degree crime face up to 18 months in prison.
Here is the video below;
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