Statement by UNICEF Nigeria Representative a.i. Pernille Ironside on the release of children from administrative custody

05 October 2017

ABUJA, 5 October 2017  – “UNICEF welcomes the release of 752 women, children and elderly men from Giwa military barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State, yesterday.

“They had been held for screening after previously having been under the control of Boko Haram militants. The release is a demonstration of the Nigerian authorities’ commitment to better protecting children and helping families to rebuild their lives.

“These are first and foremost victims of this horrific conflict.

“UNICEF is working closely with the Borno State Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development and other partners to support the children in their recovery and return to their communities.

“Medical personnel are assessing the condition of the women and children. Counselling services are on hand and social workers are helping to trace parents or guardians, so that they can reunite children who have been separated from their families. Children will also have an opportunity to start learning and playing again.

“This is the first important step on a long road to recovery and normalcy for these children and women who will require ongoing support to reintegrate their families and communities.”

Media contacts

Eva Hinds
Communication Specialist
UNICEF Nigeria
Tel: +234 906 2222 216


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Nigeria, visit

Follow UNICEF on Twitter and Facebook

Note to the editor
For further information, please contact:
Thierry Delvigne, UNICEF Regional Office in Dakar, +221 33 831 0862,
Doune Porter, UNICEF Nigeria, +234 803 525 0273,
Joe English, UNICEF New York + 1 917-893-0692