Following the abduction of 110 girls Government Girls’ Technical College, Dapchi, by the Boko Haram insurgents, there has been calls for intensified security in schools, especially in the northern part of the country. However Nigerian army Spokesperson, Brigadier General John Agim, who was a guest on a Channels TV program on Friday, said the Nigerian army doesn’t have enough workforce.
According to him, People don’t know the land mass in the North East and the Nigerian military doesn’t have enough workforce, to have a huge security presence in all Nigerian schools to avoid terrorist’s invasion or abduction of pupils.
“The military doesn’t have the manpower to deploy (troops) to all the schools. It is not possible. .
People don’t know the land mass that we have in the North East and the number of troops that are deployed in that place. The land mass is very large. It is very difficult. It is not possible” he said.
Brigadier General John Agim who explained the role the Nigerian military played in securing Northeast, said the military wasn’t negligent as being rumoured but the troops were redeployed for other assignments few weeks before the terrorists, unfortunately, invaded the school in Dapchi.
“Where the military was deployed in Dapchi, they (the troops) were taken away. They were deployed for other assignments. So, it is possible that the Boko Haram can operate in a place for a long time without the military presence.
“They were withdrawn out of Dapchi for another assignment on January 10 and this attack took place on February 19,” he said.
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The Nigerian army manpower insufficiency declaration, follows up reports that the abducted Dapchi girls who have now been released were flown in planes, and taken over rivers in boat by the terrorists.
Hafsat Abdullahi phoned the British newspaper on Wednesday afternoon and told the news agency that her 16-year-old sister Fatima, who was abducted, was dropped off in Dapchi. Putting her sister Fatima on phone, she said;
“It took us three days to get back to Dapchi. We were divided into three groups and flown in planes, and taken over rivers in boats.”
Waving the black and white flag used by the Islamic State and wearing balaclavas, military fatigues and ammunition belts, members of the group released most of the girls they had abducted in Dapchi, Yobe State, early on Wednesday morning.