Not Only Dapchi Girls Were Abducted - Lawmaker
More revelations are emerging about the activities of Boko Haram in Yobe State, a northeast state where some 110 girls were taken on February 19.
At the plenary of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, a lawmaker told the House that at various times in Yobe, abduction of school children, many of which were not reported, had been carried out by the insurgents.
Goni Lawan, representing a constituency in Yobe state, moved a motion under Matters of Urgent National Importance and highlighted the peril of some communities in his state.
One of them was the massacre of 58 male students of College of Agriculture, Buni Yadi in Yobe State. The students were mowed down in cold blood in their sleep in 2014.
"At those times, the attack often resulted in destruction of lives of innocent citizens of which their greatest offence was to have education.
"These unfortunate incidents had since been going on not only in Yobe, but in various parts of the North-East, especially Borno and Adamawa, without any proactive measures in place to forestall further occurrences," he said.
Lawan expressed worry that a week to the attack in Dapchi, there was no presence of any military operative in any of the check points leading to the community and the school in particular.
He added that this was in spite of the volatile situation in Yobe, as one of the hotbeds of Boko Haram operation.
It was a moment of sober reflection for the lawmakers who unanimously adopted the motion when it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara.
After the adoption, the House set up an ad hoc committee to visit Dapchi in Yobe to assess the issues surrounding recent abduction of 110 girls from a school in the community.
The House urged the Federal Government to guard against further abduction and insecurity in the North-East.
It also asked the Federal Government to mobilise every security apparatus, including the Army, Air Force, Department of State Security (DSS) and other agencies to rescue the students as soon as possible.