It is sad to hear about this. If Nigerian forces didn’t ignore advance warnings, the 200+ Chibok girls will still be in school or at home with their parents.
Amnesty International released a press release claiming that Nigerian security forces “failed to act on advance warnings” on the abduction of school girls by the Boko Haram.
The non-governmental organisation focused on human rights, backs the statement on multiple interviews with credible sources. They are exclusively revealing that the military had more than four hours of advance warning about the attack but didn’t do much to stop it.
Amnesty’s Africa Director Netsanet Belay speaking from Abuja said;
“The fact that Nigerian security forces knew about Boko Haram’s impending raid, but failed to take the immediate action needed to stop it, will only amplify the national and international outcry at this horrific crime.
It amounts to a gross dereliction of Nigeria’s duty to protect civilians, who remain sitting ducks for such attacks. The Nigerian leadership must now use all lawful means at their disposal to secure the girls’ safe release and ensure nothing like this can happen again.
The abduction and continued detention of these school girls are war crimes, and those responsible must be brought to justice. Attacks on schools also violate the right to education and must be halted immediately.”
Between 7PM on Monday 14th April 2014 and 2AM on Tuesday 15th April 2014, military commands in Damboa, 36.5 km away from Chibok, and Maiduguri, 130 km away from Chibok, were repeatedly alerted.
A local official said;
“At around 10:00 PM on 14 April, I called [several] security officers to inform them about earlier information I had received from the vigilantes in Gagilam village. They had told us that strange people had arrived in their village that evening on motorbikes and they said they were heading to Chibok. I made several other calls, including to Maiduguri. I was promised by the security people that reinforcement were on their way.”
At 11:45 PM, a convoy numbering up to 200 armed Boko Haram fighters on motorbikes and in trucks, arrived in Chibok and engaged in a gunfight.
The outnumbered security officers later fled the scene. Some Boko Haram members then got to the Government Girls Secondary School and abducted the girls.