The federal government of Nigeria has put up a 12-member committee to look into the circumstances that brought about the abduction of 110 students of the Government Girls Science and Technical College, GGSTC, in Dapchi, Yobe State, following the attack on the school by insurgents on Monday, February 19, 2018.
According to online news reports, it is already “causing panic in military circles” nationwide.
The committee was convened by Babagana Monguno, the national security adviser, NSA, according to a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, by Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture.
The Committee, which will be chaired by a military officer of the rank of Major General, comprises one senior Provost each from the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force; representatives of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA; Defence Intelligence Agency, DIA; Nigeria Police Force, NPF; Department of State Services, DSS; Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, NSCDC; two representatives of the Yobe State Government and a representative of the Office of the National Security Adviser.
The terms of reference of the Committee include ascertaining the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the girls, confirming the presence, composition, scale, and disposition of security emplaced in Dapchi as well as in GGSTC before the incident and suggesting measures that can lead to the location and rescue of the girls.
The panel, which is expected to submit its report by March 15, 2018, is also saddled with recommending measures to prevent future occurrence.
The Committee will be inaugurated on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.