Amnesty International report on Dapchi kidnap judgmental - CSOs

by Joy Montgomery March 21, 2018, 7:51
Amnesty International report on Dapchi kidnap judgmental - CSOs

The Nigerian army and the police received at least five calls up to four hours before militants raided a boarding school in Dapchi last month, but they did not take measures to stop the abduction or to rescue the girls after they were gathered into vehicles and driven away, Amnesty said in a news release.

He added that Amnesty International has failed to answer a number of questions, including which security force units allegedly had advance warning of the attack and why the group failed to give its findings to a group probing the abduction.

The military also ignored warnings given some hours before almost 300 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram from a boarding school in Chibok, Borno State in 2014, the Amnesty report said.

"AI always brings out damming reports about the Nigerian military at strategic points".

The local leaders alerted the army to the presence of a convoy of militants in a village called Gumsa, about 30km (18 miles) from Dapchi town.

The Coalition of Civil Society Groups against Terrorism in Nigeria has called on Amnesty International to desist from what it described as its judgmental reports on the security situation in the troubled North eastern part of the country.

The group further said the latest report by AI accusing Nigerian Security Forces of ignoring warnings about an impending invasion of Dapchi, is apparently fabricated, lacks substance and should not be taken serious by Nigerians and anyone at all.

"The Nigerian public and the International Community should know that the Armed Forces of Nigeria are a professional military and have attained the highest form of professionalism in line with International best practices".

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"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", Amnesty's Ojigho said.

Amnesty's Nigeria director Osa Ojigho said "no lessons appear to have been learned" from Chibok and called for an immediate probe into what she called "inexcusable security lapses".

"Nigerians and the worldwide community need to know that it has become the norm for amnesty global to ignore basic standards of consulting critical stakeholders, particularly the leadership of the various security agencies, in order to ascertain the veracity of its numerous accusations against them, but will rather rush to the public with unverified, beer parlour gossips and poorly cooked up tissue of lies to defame the integrity of security institutions in the country".

Amnesty International urged Nigeria's government to make public the results of its investigation into the mass abduction.

People in Dapchi have previously said troops were withdrawn from the town earlier this year, leaving only a few police officers. Is AI trying to undermine the outcome of this committee?

"For avoidance of doubt, the Armed Forces of Nigeria are more than ever, poised to bring the activities of Boko Haram terrorists to a complete end and no amount of discouraging fabrications by the AI will deter the military from achieving its constitutionally assigned responsibilities".

"Unfounded and inaccurate reports such as this by AI is completely unacceptable, and only exist in the figment of AI imaginations and should be discountenanced by well-meaning Nigerians and foreign friendly nations, " he said.

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