The Amnesty international report indicting the military on its role over missing Dapchi Schoolgirls has been described by Nigeria’s main opposition Party, the People's Democratic Party as heart-rending, distressing and disappointing
It said the report vindicates its stance that President Mohammadu Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) must be held responsible for the abduction and other criminal activities in the land, especially in the northern region.
In a statement in Abuja, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, commended AI for its courage, adding that the document further underpins speculations of conspiracy around the abduction and places a huge moral burden on the presidency.
The statement reads in part: “This revelation by the Amnesty International has finally exposed the Buhari-led Federal Government and its manifest failures, deceptions and culpability in the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate abduction of our daughters.
“The world can now see why the presidency and the APC have been suppressing information on the abduction and why no firm steps have been taken to unravel the real reasons behind security lapses like the withdrawal of troops from the area as well as those behind the false rescue report, which frustrated the genuine effort to save our daughters.”
The opposition party noted that “this report indeed places a direct question on President Buhari as the chief security officer of the nation, especially in the face of his multifarious failures to effectively oversee routine security actions, particularly in troubled areas.”
PDP continued: “From the AI report, it is clear that if the troops guiding the area, under the command of the Federal Government, were not withdrawn, and if President Buhari had effectively monitored the situation and implemented the Safe School Initiative, introduced in the wake of the 2014 Chibok abduction, the Dapchi schoolgirls would not have been abducted.”
But sharing different views on the verdicts of the Amnesty International (AI) report indicting security forces over the abduction of the 110 students of Government Girls Secondary Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, in Yobe State by Boko Haram terrorists
Defence headquarter (DHQ) in a statement yesterday in Abuja by its spokesman, Brig. Gen John Agim, DHQ insisted that “no security force was informed of Dapchi schoolgirls’ abduction as alleged by the AI.”
It went on: “The public and the international community should know that 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 acted the way the organisation claimed.”
Also, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has absolved the force of any wrong in the kidnap, adding that the Police Mobile Force (PMF) would be deployed in all the schools in the North East to forestall future occurrences.
During a meeting with Squadron, Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) and Special Protection Unit (SPU) and Commanders in Abuja yesterday, Idris said: “You are all aware of the abduction of Dapchi schoolgirls by this horrible Boko Haram in Yobe State. Though, not the fault of the police, the incident remains a national embarrassment.”