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Buhari Doesn’t Bother Paying Terrorists To Secure Girls’ Freedom – Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina

 

 

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, says only God can say when abducted Dapchi girl, Leah Sharibu, will be released by Boko Haram.

Adesina said this on Tuesday during a live programme on Channels Television.

He said, “For how much longer? I think that question can only be answered by God but I believe God is interested in that young girl and will ensure that she is preserved and at least by the time that clip is verified, one will be sure that it is her actually and once that is determined, we should all be glad that she is alive. When will she return? By the grace of God, the government is working on it and we believe she will be back.”

The President’s spokesman said Buhari saw nothing wrong in paying terrorists ransom.

He said if need be, he would pay ransom to secure the release of persons in captivity.

Adesina, however, faulted a report by the United Nations that some money was paid for the release of some Dapchi girls, insisting that the organisation got its facts wrong.

He added, “One thing we should always remember as Nigerians is that early in the life of the administration, the President had said on the Chibok girls before the Dapchi incident happened that whatever it took to rescue them, he would do, including paying. He is on record to have said that.

“It baffles me each time that controversy comes up. I remember the President said in 2015 that we would get these girls back even if it meant paying. So, if a President of the country has made that declaration, what then is the fuss?

“Payments are made all over the world even though countries may never admit.”

When asked how long it would take for security agencies to verify the authenticity of the audio clip released on Monday in which Sharibu was heard pleading for her rescue, Adesina said he could not say but it should not take long.

“It is within the purview of the Department of State Services to do that but it should not take long Left to the President, he wants her back today,” he added.

On whether the Presidency was keeping in touch with the family of the abducted girl, Adesina argued that it was not the responsibility of the President.

He maintained that it ought to be the job of the local government chairman or the state government under whose jurisdiction the abduction took place.

The President’s spokesman also said it was the duty of Non-Governmental Organisations to provide succour to the families of abducted persons but sadly many of them preferred to politicise matters and engage in protests.

Adesina added, “I expect the Yobe State Government to be in touch with the family to grant her some succour. It is not purely a Presidency matter. In Nigeria,  people expect the Presidency to do everything. The local government and state government should be in touch with the family.

“That is why you have NGOs. They should do this instead of engaging in agitations and politicising the matter. Those NGOs and agencies and organisations can also do something for the families.”

Asked to speak on the alleged forgery of a National Youth Service Corps exemption certificate by the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, the President’s spokesman said the NYSC should be given ample time to conduct a proper investigation.

“It is not how long but how well,” he said when asked why the investigation was taking long.

Asked if the Presidency shared the view of the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), that Adeosun could hold a government position without undergoing the mandatory NYSC exercise,  Adesina responded in the negative.

He said Sagay expressed a personal opinion.

The President’s spokesman, however, said Sagay’s input was not needed in this case as the matter did not border on corruption.

Adesina added, “It is his personal opinion. It was a personal comment. It is not the position of the government and Prof. Sagay has a right to his opinion.

“It will not be Prof. Sagay’s position to advise on that matter because it is not a corruption matter so to speak.”

In her reaction, however, a former Minister of Education, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, berated Adesina for smiling while speaking on the abduction of Sharibu and for also failing to give precise answers.

Ezekwesili, who is the Co-Convener of the Bring Back Our Girls group, said this in a series of tweets on her official Twitter handle.

“Who else listened to the President’s media aide Femi Adesina, find anything worthy to laugh about while speaking about abducted children and their parents?

“A spokesperson that never has facts on hot-button issues — ‘I believe’, “I expect’, ‘some agency not presidency’. Na REAL wa (sic).”  (Punch)

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Nigerian Government Paid Huge Ransom For Release Of Dapchi Girls – UN Report

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja

 

The United Nations has said that the Federal Government paid a huge ransom to Boko Haram for the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls in March 2018.

The government had denied reports that it paid millions of Euros for the release of the girls, noting that the hostages were released in exchange for detained Boko Haram commanders.

But the UN report stated that ransom from abductions, donations from charity groups and the cash economy were fueling the bloody activities of the Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the Lake Chad Basin region.

These were contained in the 22nd Report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, pursuant to resolution 2368 (2017) concerning Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and associated individuals and entities.

The report said the number of doctrinally based non-governmental organisations sending funds to local terrorist groups was growing, and the Member States were concerned that radicalisation was increasing the threat level in the Sahel.

The report, which was submitted to the Security Council Committee said, “Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province have had a similar impact in their areas of control, including the Lake Chad basin.

“The predominance in the region of the cash economy, without controls, is conducive to terrorist groups funded by extortion, charitable donations, smuggling, remittances and kidnapping.”

It added, “In Nigeria, 111 schoolgirls from the town of Dapchi were kidnapped on 18 February 2018 and released by ISWAP on 21 March in exchange for a large ransom payment.”

The report was signed by Edmund Fitton-Brown, Coordinator, Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team and Kairat Umarov, Chair, Security Council Committee.

The UN Security Council committee on al Qaeda sanctions blacklisted and imposed sanctions on the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in 2014 after the insurgents kidnapped more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls.

The designation, which came into effect after no objections were raised by the Security Council’s 15 members, subjected Boko Haram to UN sanctions, including an arms embargo, asset freeze and travel ban.   (Punch)

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BREAKING: No Dime Was Paid To Free Dapchi Girls, FG Refutes UN Report |RN

  The Minister of Information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

 

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

The Federal Government has insisted that it did not pay any ransom to secure the release of the Dapchi girls.

In a statement issued in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Thursday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, challenged anyone who has any evidence of payment to publish such.

Related: Nigerian Government Paid Huge Ransom For Release Of Dapchi Girls – UN Report

”It is not enough to say that Nigeria paid a ransom, little or huge. There must be a conclusive evidence to support such a claim.

“Without that, the claim remains what it is: a mere conjecture,” the minister said.

A report released by the United Nations had claimed that the Federal Government paid a huge ransom to Boko Haram for the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls in March 2018.   (Punch)

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Dapchi Mistakes: Army Shake-up, New Director of Intelligence, Provost Marshall, Others Appointed

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Molly Kilete, Abuja

There has been a major shake-up in the Nigerian Army with the appointment of a new Director Military Intelligence and an acting Provost Marshall.
The appointment Friday now has Major-General S.A Adebayo, as the new Director Military Intelligence (DMI), while Brigadier-General H. Ahmed, is acting Provost Marshal (Army).
The redeployment, Daily Sun gathered, might not be unconnected with the allegation of negligence in the area of intelligence gathering and information management concerning the abduction of the female students of Government Girls Science Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State by the Boko Haram terrorist group.
Others affected in the redeployment, contained in a document of posting and appointment/amendment of Nigerian Army officers, signed by Major-General F. Yamaha, Military Secretary (Army), included Majors-General H. Garba, who is now Chief of Defence Logistics, K I Abdulkareem, Nigerian Army Resource Centre, A. A. Tarfa, former DMI, to Nigerian Army Corp of Artillery as Corps Commander and A. M. Dikko, to Defence Headquarters.
Others are I O Rabiu, J B Olawunmi, Corp Commander Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, G Oyefosobi, Commander, NATRAC, KAY Isiyaku, A T Haman, former Provost Marshall is to move to the DHQ, as Director Peace Keeping Operations, M O Uzoh, DHQ, AM Aliyu, to Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), and HTZ Vintinaba, to DHQ.
Also affected were Brigadiers-General FOE Pearce, NAWC, S. Mohammed, Acting Director DMPIA, and A A Aribiyi.
Sources told Daily Sun, that while the Army authorities might not be taking the allegations by Amnesty International for its inability to act on advance warnings that a convoy of Boko Haram fighters were heading towards a town where the schoolgirls were abducted, it is also not taking the warning contained in a memo dated February, 8, from the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), alerting of an impending attack by the terrorists lightly.

Besides, President Muhammadu Buhari’s warning to security chiefs earlier on Friday to sit up or have themselves to blame as he could no longer tolerate any lapses in the security sector was also not being taken lightly by Army authorities.

It was also gathered that the Army authorities which felt very embarrassed over the abduction which was described as disgraceful by the Federal Government are digging deep to get to the root of the matter.

In the coming days, more changes should be expected according to sources to pave a new course for the counter-terrorists war.  (The Sun)

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I’ll Punish Security Chiefs If Another Abduction Happens, Buhari Vows |RN

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President Buhari and national security chiefs

Olalekan Adetayo

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that he would not hesitate to punish security chiefs if any case of abduction is recorded in any part of the country.

He said he had directed them to beef up security around all schools.

He also warned those who described as “politicising” security issues, saying the security agents would “deal with” them.

Buhari made the pronouncements on Friday during the reception held for the released Dapchi girls and their parents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President said, “The security services have since been directed to put in place further measures around all schools vulnerable to attacks to ensure the safety of our pupils/students and teachers and school workers.

“I have tasked all the security agencies to work to ensure that we do not witness any recurrence of these incidents.

“Security chiefs have been warned in clear terms that any lapse on their parts will be viewed seriously,” he said.

As for those who he referred to as “politicising the security situation in the country”, Buhari urged them to “desist or face the wrath of security agencies.”

“May I also warn against those elements who have chosen to make a political fortune of our citizens’ misfortune.

“Government would not tolerate any attempt by any person or group to trivialise or politicise security issues for politically motivated ends.

“Accordingly, security agencies would not hesitate to decisively deal with such unscrupulous characters,” he said.     (Punch)

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Dapchi Girls: We’ll Not Abandon Christian Student Still In Custody – Buhari

By Anule Emmanuel

 

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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that his government will ensure that no one group in the country imposes its religious beliefs on others in Nigeria. The President, who stated this yesterday, also assured that the Federal Government will not abandon the only girl from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State still in custody of the Boko Haram sect. Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said he was committed to the freedom of the only Dapchi schoolgirl still in captivity.

“The Buhari administration will not relent in efforts to bring Leah Sharibu safely back home to her parents as it has done for the other girls after she was held back by the terrorists over her decision, as reported, not to convert from Christianity to Islam. “President Buhari is fully conscious of his duty under the constitution to protect all Nigerians, irrespective of faith, ethnic background or geopolitical location and will not shirk in this responsibility. “The President is equally mindful of the fact that true followers of Islam all over the world respect the injunction that there is no compulsion in religion.

“To this effect, no one or group can impose its religion on another. His heart goes out to the isolated parents who must watch others rejoice while their own daughter is still away. “The lone Dapchi girl, Leah, will not be abandoned,” he said. The President told the Sharibu family that the government will ensure that the girl is reunited with her parents. (New Telegraph)

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Released Dapchi Girls Flown To Abuja |The Republican News

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Freed Dapchi girls 

Kayode Idowu and Justin Tyopuusu

Dapchi village in Yobe State has been filled with excitement since some abducted pupils at the Government Girls Science and Technical College in the village regained their freedom.

They were released in the early hours of Wednesday.

One hundred and ten pupils were abducted from the school on February 19, 2018, by Boko Haram insurgents, while efforts to locate them by security agencies failed until they were released by their captors.

As of 8.50pm on Wednesday, the Federal Government had confirmed the release of 105 schoolgirls and a boy, making a total of 106 released persons.

Earlier, the Federal Government in a statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had said 76 of the girls had been freed.

Later in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Mohammed said 91 girls and a boy were freed by the terrorists.

However, in another statement, the minister said the number had increased to 101 with the documentation of more freed girls by security agencies.

The Minister of Information and Culture, in a late afternoon interview with journalists at the Air Force Base in Maiduguri, Bornu State, said the number had increased to 105.

The minister attributed the earlier changing figures released by the government to the fact that the “the girls went to their homes after they were released in Dapchi. What we have now are 105 girls and a boy; that makes it 106 persons released today (Wednesday).”

One of our correspondents that visited Dapchi gathered that the insurgents brought their captives back to the village and set them free on Wednesday.

It was further gathered that five of the schoolgirls had died due to suffocation.

It was also learnt that a pupil, a Christian, was still being held by the insurgents because she refused to be converted to Islam.

Soldiers, who were deployed in the town, were said to have made “tactical withdrawal” to allow the terrorists to have access to the village.

The military, which was apparently aware that a deal for the release of the captives had been brokered, had reportedly stationed a large detachment of soldiers in another part of the village since Tuesday.

The PUNCH was told by some parents of the freed pupils that they had been told to be on standby to pick up their children on Wednesday.

It was, therefore, into the waiting hands of their overjoyed parents that the boy and the released schoolgirls reportedly fell as soon as the insurgents left.

One of our correspondents learnt that six of the freed pupils were allowed to disembark at Jumbam, a town not far from Dapchi.

Journalists that stormed the town as early as 7am was initially turned back by soldiers who allowed other motorists to have access to the village.

Some of the journalists had come into the town on Wednesday to cover the solidarity visit of Chibok schoolgirls’ parents to Dapchi.

They, however, met excited villagers who informed them about the release of the Dapchi schoolgirls.

After journalists were prevented from entering Dapchi, some went to Jumbam, a 15-minute drive from Dapchi.

It was gathered that five of the six freed girls were from the village, while the sixth, who was also a pupil at the Dapchi school, was from Damaturu, the state capital.

One of the six girls, Khadija Grema, told The PUNCH that her experience in the hands of the insurgents was a sad one.

Grema said she was lucky to be alive, but lamented that five of her fellow pupils died of suffocation.

“The five girls who died were buried in the bush. Two of them are from Jumbam,” she added.

The schoolgirl noted that one pupil was still being held by the insurgents.

Grema said, “One girl, Leah, is still with them because she is a Christian. About five are dead but it was not as if they killed them – it was because of the stress.

“We were at the school, about to break our Monday voluntary fast, when the gunmen arrived and started shooting. Everyone was screaming and one of the men said we should come.

“We ran towards the school gate and when we got there, they brought vehicles and they drove us away from Dapchi.

“On the way, they stopped and asked some of us that were fasting to come down from the vehicle. They gave us groundnut cake, meat and water and we had our prayers after breaking the fast.

“We continued with the journey and when it was dark, they stopped at a place with a big tree. We prepared our food and after eating, we continued the journey. They drove for a long time until we got to a river. We took canoes to cross that river.

“Then, they took us to a house in one village where we stayed for some time. One day, they came and asked us to come and we were taken to the river and continued the journey until we got to a thick forest. That was where they kept us until they brought us back.

“They fed us very well, they treated us very well. They did not beat us; they did not molest us.

“The people that took us away were all speaking Kanuri and Arabic. They told us today that we were Muslims and it was right for them to free us.”

A parent of another girl, Kundili Bukar, told the BBC that the terrorists drove into the town in a motorcade in the early hours of Wednesday.

The terrorists were said to have left the town with a warning that the parents must not send their daughters back to school.

A father of one of the girls that died, Abdullahi Hassan, said he was sad to lose her daughter to the insurgents.

Hassan, who gave the name of her daughter as Maimuna, said, “I feel sad because my daughter is one of the girls that died. Her name is Meimuna Hassan.”

It was a different story for Alhaji Aliyu Maina, whose daughter, Aisha Maina, got back alive.

He said, “We are happy for the release of those found, but still sad over the loss of some girls.”

Vehicles were later brought to transport the girls to Maiduguri under heavy security.

It was gathered that the girls were immediately airlifted to Abuja aboard a military transport plane.

They are expected to meet with Buhari in Aso Villa, Abuja.

FG claims credit for the release

The Federal Government said the release of the schoolgirls was the outcome of the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to all security agencies to secure the release of the schoolgirls.

According to the government, the girls were released through “back-channel efforts and with the help of some friends of the country,” adding that their release was unconditional.

A statement by Mohammed said, ‘’For the release to work, the government had a clear understanding that violence and confrontation would not be the way out as it could endanger the lives of the girls; hence, a non-violent approach was the preferred option.

“When the girls were being brought back, an operational pause was observed in certain areas to ensure free passage and to prevent loss of lives.”

A Federal Government delegation, comprising the Ministers of Information and Culture, Mohammed; Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau; and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadijah Ibrahim, were sent to Maiduguri to meet with the freed girls.

Mohammed told journalists before the delegation left that “the girls were released unconditionally. No money changed hands.”

“They (B’Haram) only had one condition: that they will be the ones to return them (schoolgirls) to where they abducted them.  In the early hours of today (Wednesday), they returned the girls and most of them went to their parents’ homes.”

“The girls were not dropped in one place. Some were left by the roadside and they naturally went back to their parents’ houses.

“They have been asked to come for documentation at a centre in the area.”

When asked how a boy was among those released when the school where they were abducted is only girls’ school, Mohammed said, “Whether they picked the boy or not, I can’t hazard any guess; but don’t forget that even in a girls’ school, which is a boarding school, there will be parents. There are teachers who have children among them.”

Mohammed said apart from security that had been beefed up in schools in the area, the Federal Government was considering merging some schools as a way of preventing a recurrence.

He said the freed girls had been attended to at the Dapchi General Hospital as part of their rehabilitation programmes.

“Just as we did when we had the first and second sets of released Chibok girls, they will be quarantined and be psychologically counselled before they go back to school,” he said.

The Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, who is from Yobe State, expressed delight that the girls had been released.

Saraki, UNICEF, BBOG, ACF laud release

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki;  the #BringBackOurGirls coalition; the Arewa Consultative Forum and the United Nations Children’s Fund have lauded the release of the schoolgirls.

The groups said the Federal Government should ensure the release of the remaining Dapchi and Chibok girls.

The BBOG spokesman, Sesugh Akume, in a statement on Wednesday, said the group would investigate the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the girls.

Akume expressed the hope that the remaining schoolgirls in Boko Haram custody would be released soon.

The Christian Association of Nigeria also expressed hope that the remaining Chibok girls in Boko Haram captivity would be released.

“It is unfortunate that it was after the abduction that security forces went to the Dapchi school. We hope that following the release of the Dapchi girls, other girls in Boko Haram captivity would also be released,” the media aide to CAN President, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, said.

UNICEF also expressed delight on the return of the girls.

A statement by UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Mohammed Fall, said, “UNICEF is delighted that the abducted girls…were returned to their families. We are pleased to see that the girls are back in the safe environment.

“UNICEF is working closely with the Ministry of Youth in Yobe State to provide the necessary support to the girls and their families.”

Saraki and the Majority Leader, Ahmad Lawan, described the release of the schoolgirls as “the answered prayers of millions of Nigerians.”

In a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki commended the President, security forces and the government of Yobe State, for the efforts that led to the release of the girls.

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, congratulated parents of the schoolgirls and sympathised with parents of five of the girls that reportedly died.

He described the abduction of the girls as an indictment of the Federal Government and their release as a “drama scripted by the government and its agents to swindle Nigerians.”

Fayose in a statement issued on Wednesday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said it was strange that the girls could be brought back to Dapchi by their abductors without the security agents knowing when they were returned and who returned them.

On its part, the ACF expressed delight over the release of the girls.

The National Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Alhaji Muhammad Biu, said in a statement that the release of the girls was good news to the ACF.

The All Progressives Congress described the release as another “solid demonstration of the political will of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to secure the lives of all Nigerians.”

This was contained in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi.

The statement read in part, “With this prompt release of the Dapchi girls, the APC government has demonstrated how government should respond to such situations. If the immediate-past Peoples Democratic Party administration had responded with similar alacrity, the Chibok schoolgirls would have been released or rescued.”

A former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, in a press statement, said he was gladdened by the return of the girls.

“This is a moment of joy for all of us as a nation… We are all celebrating with the families, the community and the entire Yobe State,” he said.

The Peoples Democratic Party has asked the Federal Government to explain to Nigerians the “real” circumstances that surrounded the adoption and the release of the girls.

The party alleged that both were done in a suspicious manner that would make Nigerians ask valid questions from the Federal Government.

It called on the United Nations and the International Criminal Court to “declare this evil by the APC Federal Government a war crime against humanity and immediately commence an investigation into the matter.”

The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, spoke at a media briefing in his office shortly after the news of the release was made public.

Additional report: Niyi Odebode, John Alechenu, Olusola Fabiyi, Olalekan Adetayo, Friday Olokor, Kamorudeen Ogundele, Adelani Adepegba, Leke Baiyewu and Godwin Isenyo  (Punch)

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Dapchi Girls: Military Accuses Amnesty Int’l Of Undermining Terrorism War |RN

By Emmanuel Onani, Abuja

 

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), has accused Amnesty International (AI) of undermining efforts at ending the ongoing counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism war in the North East.

In its reaction to claims by AI, that it received phone calls hours before the attack on Government Girls’ Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, the DHQ challenged the global watchdog to come clean on its allegation, which it described as false.

This was as the Nigeria Police also debunked claims that it ran away when the suspected terrorist elements struck.

In a statement by the Acting Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. John Agim, the military questioned the motive of AI, insisting that the global body had consistently demonstrated hatred for the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

To buttress his position, Agim said AI had released similar reports in January and February, wherein it cast doubt on the gains of the military.

It, therefore, concluded that the organisation was undertaking a campaign of calumny against the State.

” Amnesty International always brings out damming reports about the Nigerian Military at strategic points. They did that in the previous administration and the United States invoked the Leahy Law against Nigeria at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency.

“Within this year, Amnesty International issued reports against the Military in January 2018, February 2018 and now March 2018. The question is; what is the motive of the AI?”, Agim. The DDI drew parallels with what happened during the last administration, saying the latest campaign was aimed at scuttling the latest cooperation between the United States and the Federal Government, on the supply of arms to clear remnants of Boko Haram.

” The question is; what is the motive of the AI? The answer is simple; President Donald Trump of the United States of America has agreed to collaborate with the current government of Nigeria to end the insurgency in the North East and AI wants to do everything within its powers to make sure that the US-Nigeria anti-terrorism cooperation does not succeed in accordance with their paymasters’ design.

” The question Amnesty International has not answered satisfactorily is; which of the security forces and what unit was informed that a convoy of Boko Haram fighters were heading towards Dapchi where they abducted Dapchi school girls? What was the telephone numbers used to inform the Military or the Police?

“Why has AI refused to communicate its findings with the Federal Government’s Committee set up to investigate what happened before, during and after Dapchi girls abduction? Is AI trying to undermine the outcome of this committee? The answer is simple, AI is not ready to contribute towards finding a solution to our problems, if anything, they are ready to complicate the problems”, Agim said.

According to the Defence spokesman: ” Within the military and amongst well-meaning Nigerians at home and in the diaspora, we know that AI is an organ established to embark on an orchestrated campaign of calumny against the Nigerian Military and undermine its laudable achievements against Boko Haram.

“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.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Armed Forces of Nigeria is 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. The defence of our national territorial integrity is our utmost goal and as such the Armed Forces in conjunction with sister security agencies will continue to strive towards entrenching peace in the North-East and indeed every part of this great nation. .”

Agim continued: “Apart from questioning the motive of Amnesty International, it is pertinent to state that most of their narratives are outright falsehood and a calculated attempt to whip up sentiments and mislead unsuspecting Nigerians, demoralise friendly nations and people collaborating with security forces to end the forces of evil in the North-East.

“For the avoidance of doubts, no security force was informed of Dapchi school girls abduction as alleged by AI. The Nigerian 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 ignored warnings of Boko Haram attack only to work tirelessly to get the girls back.”.

Meanwhile, the Yobe State Police Command has said it did not abdicate its responsibility on the day of the attack.

A statement by the Command’s Commissioner of Police, read: ” The attention of the Yobe State Police Command has been drawn to the publication… of 20/03/2018 on the issue of the Dapchi attack that the Police was informed hours before the attack on Dapchi town on 19/02/2018.

“The assertion is nothing but a mere speculation on its time frame as it is completely not correct.

“Furthermore, the insinuation that the Police ran away is not true as the only near fatal casualty was a Policeman wounded and now recuperating in the hospital.

“The Yobe State Police Command will continue to cooperate with other security agencies in ensuring safety and protection of lives and property of people of Yobe State.” (New Telegraph)

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