#DapchiGirls: Your Claims Are Outright Falsehood, Army Tells Amnesty
Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters has denied claims by Amnesty International (AI) that the Nigerian military failed to prevent the abduction of 110 schoolgirls in Dapchi.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Nigerian Army said this claim by Amnesty International was outright falsehood and misleading.
“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.
“To demoralise friendly nations and people collaborating with security forces to end the forces of evil in the North-East”.
In a statement, Amnesty International alleged that the Nigerian Military and security forces were informed that a convoy of Boko Haram fighters were heading towards Dapchi in Yobe State to abduct some schoolgirls and failed to act on the information.
But in the statement by the Nigerian Army spokesman, Brigadier General John Agim, said the military was not informed by Amnesty International.
“For the avoidance of doubts, no security force was informed of Dapchi schoolgirls abduction as alleged by Amnesty International.
“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 the warning of Boko Haram attack only to work tirelessly to get the girls back,” the statement read.
Nigerian Army then accused Amnesty International of denigrating the reputation of Nigeria’s security forces, insisting that it is not proper for organisation to engage in such.
Another thing the army wants Amnesty International to do is to expose the unit they informed.
“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 heading towards Dapchi where they abducted Dapchi school girls?
“What was the telephone numbers used to inform the Military or the Police? Why has Amnesty International 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 Amnesty International trying to undermine the outcome of this committee?” the Nigeria military questioned.