Army, Police Refute Amnesty’s Allegations of Refusing to Act During Dapchi Girls Abduction

The Nigerian Army and Yobe State Police Command on Tuesday evening replied Amnesty International over a statement credited to it claiming that troops failed to protect Dapchi school girls from terrorists.
This is even as I the Army challenged the group to provide evidence of its claims, alleging that Nigerian troops knew about the invasion and fled. Recall that Amnesty International had claimed that the Federal Government controlled security forces got advanced warning but failed to prevent the abduction of schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State.
Amnesty equally alleged that a police source disclosed that officers fled the town over the fear that Boko Haram may “overpower them”. “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,” Osai Ojigho, AI director in Nigeria, said in a statement.
In view of the above statements, Nigerian army headquarters in a statement signed by the Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General John Agim, denied the claim.
Agim said: “It is pertinent to state that most of their narratives are outright falsehood and a calculated attempt to whip up sentiments and mislead unsuspecting Nigerians. To demoralise friendly nations and people collaborating with security forces to end the forces of evil in the North-East.
“For the avoidance of doubts, no security force was informed of Dapchi schoolgirls abduction as alleged by Amnesty International.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria is a professional military and has attained the highest form of professionalism in line with International best practices. And so, could not have ignored the warning of Boko Haram attack only to work tirelessly to get the girls back.
“The question Amnesty International has not answered satisfactorily is; which of the security forces and what unit was informed that a convoy of Boko Haram fighters heading towards Dapchi where they abducted Dapchi school girls?
“What was the telephone numbers used to inform the Military or the Police? Why has Amnesty International refused to communicate its findings with the Federal Government’s Committee set up to investigate what happened before, during and after Dapchi girls abduction? Is Amnesty International trying to undermine the outcome of this committee?”, the statement added.
Also, Commissioner of Police in the State, Sunmonu Abdulmaliki, said that the Police did not run away from Boko Haram as against the insinuations of the Amnesty International.
A statement the Commissioner personally signed reads: “The attention of the Yobe State Police Command has been drawn to the publication on Page 2 of a National Daily of 20/03/2018 on issue of the Dapchi attack that the Police was informed hours before the attack on Dapchi town on 19/02/2018.
“The assertion is nothing but a mere speculation on its time frame as it is completely not correct.
“Furthermore, the insinuation that the Police ran away is not true as the only near fatal casualty was a Policeman wounded and now recuperating in the hospital.
“The Yobe State Police Command will continue to cooperate with other security agencies in ensuring safety and protection of lives and property of people of Yobe State.”

Author: News Editor

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