Why Boko Haram Kidnapped Dapchi School Girls – Amnesty International


AMNESTY International (AI) Human Rights Group, has stated why Boko Haram terrorists abducted Dapchi School Girls.

This is as the group blamed the Nigerian Army for failing to prevent the abduction of the schoolgirls numbering about 110.

The abduction by the terror group was launched on February 19, in Yobe state.

AI said Insufficient troops and an absence of patrols led to the abduction.

“Evidence available to Amnesty International suggests that there are insufficient troops deployed in the area and that an absence of patrols and the failure to respond to warnings and engage with Boko Haram contributed to this tragedy,” a statement from Amnesty International’s Nigeria Director, Ossai Ojigho, said.

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Giving further details, Amnesty claims that testimonies from several credible sources show that security forces received at least five warning calls up to four hours before the Dapchi raid.

It adds that during the attack, army officials, both in Geidam and Damaturu, were again alerted. The military only arrived in Dapchi shortly after Boko Haram left.

Comparing the Dapchi raid to the Chibok episode, Amnesty International says, “Regrettably, no lessons appear to have been learned from the terrible events at Chibok four years ago.

“What happened in Dapchi is almost a carbon copy of what happened in Chibok, with the security forces failing to respond to warnings – and the same result for another hundred girls and their families”.

It therefore, asked the Federal Government to investigate what it describes as inexcusable security lapses that allowed the abduction to take place without any effort to prevent it.

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