It describing the report as not only false but capable of undermining the joint efforts of the Armed Forces and other security agencies to restore peace in the NE.
Adding that it is an established fact that Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) usually indoctrinate its victims who are mostly,women and children,who they use as suicide bombers in the theatre of operations.
And that contrary to claims by the HRW, the AFN manages children in the North East theatre as victims of war and not as suspects as apprehended children are kept in secured places, where they are adequately fed, profiled and de-radicalized before their release.
In its own statement,the Defence Headquarters maitained that was expedient to state that only profiled Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists are held in detention pending their prosecution by appropriate prosecuting agencies, as the AFN is not vested with the power of prosecution.
“It must also be noted that several attempts have been made by these sponsored Rights groups to lay allegations of arbitrary arrests and extra judicial killings at the doorstep of the AFN all in an effort to undermine the successes so far recorded in the ongoing Nigeria’s Counter terrorism and Counter insurgency operations against Boko Haram and ISWAP in the NorthEast”.