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Army confirm withdrawal of soldiers shortly before school girls' abduction, then blame the Nigeria Police Force

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Ok... so there's a back and forth situation going on between the Nigerian military and the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, following the abduction of 105 girls from Government Girls Science Technical College Dapchi, Yobe State.

Words got out after the abduction that soldiers were withdrawn from Dapchi, shortly before the adbuction of the girls by Boko Haram. The military on Monday confirmed they redeployed their soldiers and handed over the community to the NPF in Yobe State, while Yobe Commissioner of Police denied any such handing over was done. He said the military lied.

The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations spokesperson, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu said:


Although this headquarters will not attempt to join in any blame game, it is to set the record straight. Several communities and local government areas that were hitherto under siege of the insurgents have been liberated and the insurgents pushed out. While troops continue to decimate the insurgents in the hinterlands, the security of the liberated communities and towns falls in the hands of the sister security agencies.
“Contrary to the comments being circulated, troops earlier deployed in Dapchi were redeployed to reinforce troops in Kanama area following attacks on troops’ location at the Nigerian-Niger Republic border. This was on the premise that Dapchi had been relatively calm and peaceful; and the security of Dapchi town was formally handed over to the police division located in the town. Troops’ redeployment was therefore done in tandem with the exigencies of operation and not as misconstrued.
“We will also like to assure the parents, government and the people of Yobe that we will not rest on our laurels in the search and rescue of the abducted schoolgirls and any other persons held captive by the terrorists.
 The Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Sumonu Abdulmaliki, however, said there was no time the military handed over Dapchi town to the police. He said:

The attention of the Yobe State Police Command has been drawn to a statement that… the security of Dapchi town was formally handed over to a police division located in the town.
 “The statement by the military… is not correct, as there was no time that the military informed the police of its withdrawal or handed over its locations in Dapchi town to the police.
“The whole of Yobe State is still under security emergency with the police, the military and other security agencies battling to ensure a lasting peace.”

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