Nigerian Military Lacks Capacity To Secure Schools In Northeast – Spokesperson

Nigerian Military Lacks Capacity To Secure Schools In Northeast – Spokesperson

By Aaron Abraham | Staff Reporter on February 26, 2018
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The Nigerian military has declared that it lacked the capacity to protect all schools in the Northeast of Nigeria.

John Agim, a military spokesperson, revealed this on Sunday, February 25, 2018, in response to a claim by Ibrahim Geidam, the Yobe state governor, that the military withdrew troops from Dapchi barely a week to an attack on Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, leading to the kidnap of 110 girls by Boko Haram.

Geidam on Saturday blamed the military for the abduction of the 110 schoolgirls in Dapchi when his Borno State counterpart, Kashim Shettima paid him a visit.

“I blame the whole attack on Dapchi on the military and the defence headquarters who withdrew troops from Dapchi. The attack occurred barely a week after the military withdrew the soldiers from there,” Geidam told Shettima.

Agim told an online medium on Sunday night that Dapchi had no military presence at all prior to the attack.

Agim disclosed that the closest military formation was 30 kilometres away, but declined to mention the location of the troops.

He added that the governor and other Nigerians should know that the military lacks the capacity to protect all the schools in the region.

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