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Nigerian military ignored abduction warning: Amnesty

Says military headquarters was aware of the attack four hours before Boko Haram began the assault

Johannesburg: Nigeria’s military reportedly ignored advanced warnings about the Islamist militant group Boko Haram’s attack on April 15, that ended in the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls, according to Amnesty International, an NGO focussed on Human Rights.

Reportedly, owing to poor resources and a fear of engaging with the Islamist Terror group, the Nigerian military couldn’t assemble troops
Reportedly, owing to poor resources and a fear of engaging with the Islamist Terror group, the Nigerian military couldn’t assemble troops

It revealed that the Nigerian security forces failed to act on advance warnings about Boko Haram’s armed raid on the state-run boarding school in Chibok which led to the abduction.

According to reports, the right group said that Nigeria’s military headquarters in Maiduguri was aware of the impending attack soon after 19:00 (18:00 GMT) on April 14, close to four hours before Boko Haram began their assault on the town.

However, owing to poor resources and a reported fear of engaging with the often better-equipped Islamist terror group, the Nigerian military could not assemble the troops needed to suppress the attack, Amnesty added.

Netsanet Belay, Amnesty’s international Africa director for research and advocacy, said that the fact that the 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 crime.

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