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Nigeria warned ahead of schoolgirls' abduction: Amnesty

Nigeria warned ahead of schoolgirls' abduction: Amnesty

"This is unacceptable. While urging Nigerians to disregard the AI's latest report on the Dapchi School girls abduction, the group urged the Nigerian security agencies, particularly the Nigerian army, not to be distracted by the report like many other that have emanated from AI, as it also called on the United Nations and the worldwide community, to call the AI to order, especially in its works, as it affects the internal security matter and sovereignty of Nigeria". "Why was it chose to withdraw troops?", Ojigho asked.

The also challenged the worldwide group to expose the unit they informed about the impending attack.

In a new report, the human rights group alleges the army and police received at least five calls on the afternoon of February 19, warning them that gunmen were heading to the Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi town.

"Regrettably, no lessons appear to have been learned from the awful events at Chibok four years ago", said Osai Ojigho, Amnesty International's Nigeria director. They did that accurately in the previous administration and the United States invoked the leahy law against Nigeria at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency.

"Now the U.S. government has agreed to supply us weapons, they have brought out another one (report)".

A military spokesman denied that they had been warned of Boko Haram presence in the region, saying: "There was nothing like that".

The Military has said it is determined to end the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists in spite of accusation by the Amnesty International to distract it.

Alhaji Inuwa, the father of one of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram weeps in Dapchi
Alhaji Inuwa, the father of one of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram weeps in Dapchi

"This often time results, in a heightened tempo of terrorism in the the northeast, as we see the role of amnesty worldwide, as such that gives commendation and undeserved protection, to these criminal gangs, terrorising our people".

Amnesty urged Nigeria's government to make public the results of its investigation.

Kachalla Bukar whose 14-year-old daughter, Aisha, was taken in the February 19 raid told CNN local police officers deserted Dapchi town when residents reported the incident.

However, the PDP in a statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the revelation by AI that security forces got advance warning of the impending attack but failed to prevent the abduction as "heartrending, distressing and disappointing".

They questioned why the Nigerian government has yet to prioritize security of schools in northeastern Nigeria, where the terror group has wreaked havoc in the last eight years.

Data revealed that most of the attacks happened in Borno state while many of them were bombing attacks carried out by women and girls forced into the act. Does the government want to keep playing this game with these savages?

"The circle is clear - they abduct, we negotiate, they collect money and have their men released, and thereafter become more brazened and fortified for more attacks", she added. Why has Amnesty International refused to communicate its findings with the committee set up by the federal government to investigate what happened before, during and after Dapchi girls abduction?

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