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Sultan of Sokoto-led group attacks FG over girls’ abduction

The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Thursday lambasted the Federal Government and security agencies for the handling of the abduction of 110 Dapchi Schoolgirls.

The school was attacked on February 19, 2018, while 110 pupils were yet to be accounted for.

The group said the abduction of the girls “is the most potent action to frustrate the girl-child education.”
“No parent now is comfortable, especially in the North-East, to allow his daughter to go to such callously unprotected schools; and the North is the loser,” it added.

The Secretary General of the JNI, Dr Abubakar Khalid-Ailyu, in a statement in Kaduna on Thursday said a serious government would have “by now sanctioned those implicated in the Dapchi girls’ travails.”

The JNI warned that government must not spare anyone found culpable in the abduction of the Dapchi girls.
It kicked against any probe, noting that such always ended up in waste baskets.

The JNI lamented that after four years of the unresolved Chibok girls’ abduction, the country was witnessing “yet another unfortunate and avoidable abduction of Dapchi girls.”

It blamed the lapses on the government and security operatives, saying, “There is apparent lack of synergy between security operatives in Yobe State, or there is active connivance with the insurgents, especially if reports of media altercations between the army and the police are anything to go by.”

The group wondered why the abduction happened months before the 2019 general elections, saying it was a replica of the Chibok girls’ abduction of 2014.

The group said, “Are there orchestrated plans somewhere to make a case for more security votes?”