Practice Relating to Rule 136. Recruitment of Child Soldiers
Nigeria’s Military Manual (1994) states: “Children under 15 years shall not be recruited.”
Nigeria’s Child Rights Act (2003) states: “No child shall be recruited into any of the branches of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The Act defines child as “a person under the age of eighteen years”.
In 2008, in its combined third and fourth periodic reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Nigeria stated:
2.1.1 Minimum Legal Ages provided by the Child’s Rights Act 2003
The minimum legal ages as provided for by the Act are as follows:
(v) Recruitment into the armed forces
Section 34 of the Act precludes any person below the age of 18 from enrolling into the armed forces either voluntarily or by conscription.
Nigeria further stated that “the [Child Rights] Act  prohibits recruitment of children into the Armed Forces of Nigeria”.