Reps constitute committee to investigate Dapchi school abduction

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

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The Nigeria House of Representatives is to constitute an adhoc committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the attacks and abduction of over one hundred secondary school girls from Dapchi, in Yobe State, North East Nigeria.

The resolution followed adoption of a motion under matters of urgent public importance demanding an investigation into the matter.

Leading the debate on the motion, Mr. Lawan Bukar Goni from Yobe State said the recent happening left more questions demanding for answers as regards the role of security agencies in the area.

“All schools in the North East especially in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States should have security around them so as to this kind of unfortunate incident.” Goni added

The House of Rep Members was unanimous on the need to provide more security to schools in the region, more synergy among the security agencies as well as strengthening their technological capabilities to deal with the situation.

The lawmakers described the incidents as embarrassing and sabotage, calling for prosecution of anyone found culpable.

“This is a national embarrassment and disgrace. It is sabotage. I suggest a Parliamentary Committee to look into this unfortunate issue as well as suspected sabotage within and around the security agencies.” One of the lawmakers suggested.

The Speaker of the House Mr. Yakubu Dogara, in a statement asked security agencies to take responsibility for failing to stop the abduction of 110 schoolgirls, adding that the buck passing between the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force is unacceptable.

Mr. Dogara said rather than trading blames, the various security agencies should strengthen inter-agency collaboration and intensify efforts towards rescuing the girls.

“The statements credited to the Army and the Police in which they tried to exonerate themselves from any culpability in the unfortunate and embarrassing abduction of innocent girls from their school in Dapchi, Yobe State, is highly condemnable.

This is unacceptable and the House of Representatives, and indeed Nigerians, will hold the security agencies responsible. They all bear responsibility for this unfortunate incident.

The traumatic experience of the Chibok abduction which is still fresh in our minds should have serve as a warning signal to security agencies to provide adequate security protection to all  schools in the North East.

I want to use this medium to console the parents of the abducted girls and the entire Dapchi community over this unfortunate incident.

I also urge all Nigerians and people of goodwill from all over to pray for the safe return of the girls”. Speaker Dogara said in the statement.

 

 

Aisha JM