The terrorist group, Book Haram is currently recruiting child soldiers in Nigeria, according to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

It said the recruitment of child soldiers was aimed at resuscitating its declining influence in the Lake Chad Basin.

The Chief of Military Public Information for MNJTF, Col. Timothy Antigha, disclosed this in a statement issued from N’Djamena – Chad today, Thursday.

Antigha said the recruitment of child soldiers by the sect was part of their new strategies following the recent mass surrender by their fighters to the military.

“Earlier, Boko Haram has engaged in the mass abduction of school girls, sexual enslavement of women and mass murder of innocent civilians.

“This recent employment of child soldiers is as a result of frustration caused by several operational losses, leadership crises, as well as disillusionment among fighters and their subsequent surrender in hundreds to the MNJTF.

“The focus on children is because they are easier to manipulate and indoctrinate than the adults within the region who can now see through the veil of deceit,” he stated.


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