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Dapchi girls: FG handled abduction, release of school girls poorly – Charlyboy’s group

By Luminous Jannamike
Dapchi girls – The group of good governance advocates led by maverick entertainer, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly boy, Wednesday night, expressed its dissatisfaction with the way in which the federal government handled the abduction and release of the Dapchi school girls in Dapchi, Yobe state.

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A girl released by Boko Haram walks outside Dapchi’s hospital on March 21, 2018.
Boko Haram Islamists who kidnapped 110 schoolgirls in Dapchi, northeast Nigeria, just over a month ago have so far returned 101 of the students to the town, the government said today. / AFP PHOTO /

The advocates said it was unacceptable that the government would fail to bring perpetrators of the crime to book. They also said it was absurd that the Boko Haram insurgents who abducted the girls were granted unopposed access and even hailed as heroes within Dapchi

In a statement jointly signed by Raphael Adebayo, Deji Adeyanju, Ariyo Dare Atoye, Bako Abdul Usman, and Moses Paul, the group said: “We wish to express our heartfelt delight over the return of the schoolgirls kidnapped in Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe state about four weeks ago.

“We wish to state, however, that we are totally dissatisfied with the way and manner in which the Federal Government, the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police Force, and other security agencies in the country handled the kidnapping that happened in Dapchi. It is disheartening that while nobody has been held responsible for the unfortunate incident, the Federal Government has continued to treat the Boko Haram sect with kid gloves.

Some of the Dapchi Schoolgirls brought back by their abductors in Dapchi town before proceeding To Abuja. Photo by Ndahi Marama

“It is unacceptable that despite the fact that about five girls were killed among the 110 kidnapped from Dapchi, the Federal Government and the security agencies have shown zero sense of keenness in ensuring that the terrorists who perpetrated this act are brought to book. Instead, the Boko Haram insurgents were granted unopposed access to parade themselves as heroes within Dapchi.

Some of the Dapchi Schoolgirls brought back by their abductors in Dapchi town, alongside their brothers/family members before proceeding To Abuja. Photo by Ndahi Marama.

The pronounced laxity with which the authorities allowed Boko Haram free access to abduct and return the girls within Dapchi unchallenged suggests a precarious complicity of the Federal Government and the security agencies in the protraction of the bane called Boko Haram in Nigeria.

“The OurMumuDonDo Movement wishes to emphasize that the Nigerian people desire a lot better than a government that is complacent with terror while millions of innocent citizens suffer from the wrath of untamed barbarians.

“In conclusion, therefore, it is imperative that the Federal Government and the security agencies sincerely, dutifully, and frontally engage and wipe-out the extremely harmful flames of Boko Haram in Nigeria.”


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