PDP Task National Assembly To Probe Dapchi Schoolgirls’ Abduction

PDP Task National Assembly To Probe Dapchi Schoolgirls’ Abduction
Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State , where 110 girls were abducted by Boko Haram last week . PHOTO: AFP

PDP Task National Assembly To Probe Dapchi Schoolgirls’ Abduction

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday task the National Assembly to immediately investigate the circumstances surrounding the abduction of 110 Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe State.

In a statement yesterday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan , the PDP said that in conducting the investigation, the National Assembly must take a critical note of the allegation by the Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Geidam, that the abduction was preceded by withdrawal of troops safeguarding the troubled area.

“The governor is the chief security officer of the state and his statement cannot be taken lightly or even dismissed by just a wave of the hand by anybody or any government agency under any guise whatsoever.”

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The PDP also urged the lawmakers to investigate the various conflicting reports that have greeted the abduction, particularly the initial alleged moves by the Federal Government to deny the occurrence of the incident. “Nigerians are indeed worried about the apparent deliberate design to hide the facts of this abduction and demand to know the truth . It is a common saying in Africa that thunder does not strike on the same spot twice.” We must not allow our national ambience to be filled with speculations from conspiracy theorists. Our lawmakers must, therefore, in unravelling the matter, question all security agencies, particularly those operating in the area, ” the party added.

The President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON) , Ona Ekhomu, advised the Federal Government to set up a special task force to rescue the abducted girls. He said the team which should report to the National Security Adviser (NSA ) should include personnel of the security agencies and the Federal Ministry of Justice. He called for an immediate announcement of a N 50 million reward for information leading to the rescue of the girls . According to him , the money would induce people who have information to talk.

Even Cable News Network ( CNN) anchorwoman and correspondent, Isha Sesay, is worried. Yesterday, she engaged President Muhammadu Buhari in tweets over the abduction had recently described the attack on the school as a national disaster, but Sesay disagreed, describing the incident as a national disgrace.

In a series of tweets, Sesay faulted Buhari’s narrative, saying “ ‘national disaster’ doesn’t cut it. I’m taking ‘national disgrace’ which implies blame and responsibility. ”According to her, it is an “understatement” to describe the incident as a disaster.

The journalist tweeted that the Yobe abduction was a reminder of a similar incident in Chibok , Borno State where over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in 2014. “Lack of clarity surrounding #Yobe attack and whereabouts of #schoolgirls is enormously distressing. It feels like I’ve been taken back to 2014 # Chibok nightmare.”

I want to live in a world where the lives of the #DapchiGirls are held to be just as important as those of kids in other places, not a world where everyone is talking about schoolgirls being stolen by terrorists. Is that too much to ask?”

Sesay, who covered the agitation for the release of the Chibok girls for CNN, lamented the recurrence of the incident in Yobe and urged the people and government of Nigeria to move against the wicked act.