Amnesty International accuses Nigerian Army of ignoring warnings of attack on Dapchi school

Heads must roll over abduction of Dapchi school girls – Muslim apex body

Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian Army of ignoring repeated warnings of an attack on Dapchi town, hours before 110 school girls were kidnapped from the government girl’s school.

The right group said it spoke to 23 different local leaders, who said they saw Boko Haram fighters in the vicinity on the day of the attack.

The local leaders claimed they alerted the Nigerian Army to the presence of a convoy of Boko Haram in a village called Gumsa, about 30 kilometres from Dapchi town.

That was early on Monday 19 February.

Later that evening, militants attacked the school in at least nine vehicles, kidnapping 110 girls.

A week after the attack, the Army admitted it had pulled out of Dapchi town, a few days before the kidnapping, for urgent operation elsewhere, and that Dapchi was considered safe.

The kidnapping and its aftermath echoes the infamous abduction of the Chibok girls in 2014, 100 of whom are still missing.

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