The Nigerian Military has been accused by Human Rights Group, Amnesty International, of failing to prevent the abduction of 110 Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe state despite being warned.
From the statement made available to Channels Television and signed by Amnesty International’s Nigeria Director, Ossai Ojigho, it was gathered that between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm on the day of the abduction of the Dapchi school girls, at least five calls were made to tell the security services that Islamist fighters were in the Dapchi area.
“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,” the statement read in part.
The Statement further adds that during the attack, army officials, both in Geidam and Damaturu area of the state, 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”.
They, 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.
“The Nigerian authorities must investigate the inexcusable security lapses that allowed this abduction to take place without any tangible attempt to prevent it,” Ojigho said in the statement.
On the credibility of their accusation, Amnesty International said testimonies gathered from multiple credible sources and eyewitnesses in Dapchi, confirmed that approximately 50 Boko Haram fighters arrived in Dapchi in a convoy of nine vehicles with Arabic inscriptions on them, seven Landcruiser trucks, one Hilux and a Canter truck.