14, March 2018
A rights group in Nigeria has threatened to take legal action against the government for its “criminal negligence” allegedly resulting in the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls.
In its stronghold in northeastern Nigeria, the Takfiri Boko Haram terrorist group has abducted hundreds of schoolsgirls, causing public outcry.
Recently, more than 100 girls were kidnapped from the Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi, reviving memories of the mass abduction of 276 girls from another boarding school in Chibok in April 2014.
The #BringBackOurGirls movement has served the Federal Government a seven-day notice to rescue the abductees or face legal action for the “criminal negligence which enabled the abduction of Dapchi girls,” Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) lawyer Femi Falana said at a press conference on Tuesday.
The group’s lawyer added that his clients not only demanded the rescue of the abducted girls but also punishment for the local security officials who had failed to guarantee the students’ safety.
“We are not just going to court to demand the rescue of the girls; we are also going to demand sanctions because once you do not punish impunity, you are going to have criminality happen all over the place,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said his government is determined to ensure the release of all girls abducted by Boko Haram through negotiation.
Buhari has also reportedly ordered the country’s security forces to guarantee the safety of schools and students.