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HURIWA blames ransom paid to Boko Haram terrorists for Dapchi girls kidnap


Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Nicholas Rogers (left), Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Abba Ibrahim and Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam during a fact-finding mission by the Federal Government delegation in Dapchi, Yobe State…yesterday

A pro-democracy and non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has blamed the ransom payments paid to Boko Haram terrorists, saying it caused the kidnap of students of Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi, Yobe state.

The Rights group has asked President Buhari to publicly apologise to Nigerians for this spectacular failure of intelligence and the internal security nightmare that school children especially girls are subjected to by armed terrorists who have now found a new trading line in kidnapping school girls, hoping that government will bribe them to make them release their hostages.

“The Federal government has created a thriving and profitable business venture for the armed boko haram terrorists by constantly paying heavy ransoms to free Chibok kidnapped school girls.

“The United Nations must send forensic experts to determine whether this whole Boko Haram terror campaign is not simply a well-choreographed political gambit by some heartless merchants who don’t care even if the nation burns, provided their finances are in tact whilst the rest of the Nigerian suffering millions continue to suffer harsh security challenges foisted on us by these gangsters,” the group said.

In a statement signed by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko also condemned the Yobe state government for abandoning the school children without using the enormous security votes to maintain 24 hours surveillance and security around school facilities. HURIWA alleged that the Yobe state governor is more focused on winning a Senate seat for himself after 8 years as governor rather than providing security for the vulnerable school children.

Besides, HURIWA has condemned as reckless, irresponsible and very rude, the statement by the minister of information Lai Mohammed for blaming the kidnap of the girls on those who wish to embarrass President Muhammadu Buhari. They also condemned the handling of the after effects of the kidnapping of the girls in Yobe with the claims and counter claims about the rescue of some of those abducted school girls which has now turned out to be false.

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