Dapchi Abduction: Nigerian Army Describes Amnesty's Claims As 'Outright Falsehood'

Students were kidnapped from the Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi Nigeria

He said: "The Defence Headquarters wishes to respond to AI report in which the group alleged that the Nigerian military and security forces were informed that a convoy of Boko Haram fighters were heading towards Dapchi in Yobe State to abduct some school girls, and failed to act accordingly". Why was it made a decision to withdraw troops?

The Campaign group Amnesty said they spoke to 23 different local leaders who said they saw the militants in the vicinity on the day of the attack.

"Amnesty International gathered testimony from multiple credible sources showing that the Nigerian army and police received multiple calls up to four hours before the raid on Dapchi, but did not take effective measures to stop the abduction or rescue the girls after they were taken by Boko Haram fighters", Amnesty said in a report.

Amnesty's Nigeria director Osa Ojigho said "no lessons appear to have been learned" from Chibok and called for an immediate probe into what she called "inexcusable security lapses".

"They did that accurately in the previous administration and the U.S. invoked the leahy law against Nigeria at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency".

"Now the USA government has agreed to supply us weapons, they have brought out another one (report)".

Amnesty equally alleged that a police source disclosed that officers fled the town over the fear that Boko Haram may "overpower them". Within this year, Amnesty International issued reports against the Military in January 2018, February 2018 and now March 2018.

"The government's failure in this incident must be investigated and the findings made public - and it is absolutely crucial that any investigation focuses on the root causes".

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Commissioner of Police in the State, Sunmonu Abdulmaliki said that evidence that the Police did not run away could be deduced from the fact that the only near fatal casualty of the attack was a policeman who is recuperating in the hospital.

The cops have been deployed to Yobe, Adamawa and Borno to protect students and teachers, newswire, PRNigeria reported on Monday quoting a top police officer close to the inspector general of police.

Despite being repeatedly told that Boko Haram fighters were heading to Dapchi, it appears that the police and military did nothing to avert the abduction.

However, more than 100 of these girls remain in captivity, and their whereabouts are unknown.

Agim noted that the United States was in the process of selling fighter jets and weapons to help Nigeria fight the war with Boko Haram, and said that Amnesty's aim was "to see how they can scuttle those efforts and US help to Nigeria".

However, the PDP in a statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the revelation by AI that security forces got advance warning of the impending attack but failed to prevent the abduction as "heartrending, distressing and disappointing".

"This is exactly what happened with the Chibok girls abduction". Why has AI refused to communicate its findings with the Federal Government's Committee set up to investigate what happened before, during and after Dapchi girls abduction?

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