Dapchi Abduction: Police, Army Trade Blame Over Security Hand-over Claim



The Dapchi attack that saw the kidnap of 110 girls, seems to be leading the Nigerian Police and the Nigerian Military on a collision course.

Recall that the military on Monday stated that it handed over to the police for protection of the area before the incident occurred.

But in a reaction made available to the media Monday night, the Police declared that the military did not formally hand over the security of Dapchi town to them.

In the statement signed by Sumonu Abdumaliki, Commissioner of Police in Yobe State, the force advised Nigerians to shun the claim of the military.

It reads: “The attention of the Yobe State Police Command has been drawn to Press Statement from Headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole subscribing that “Dapchi has been relatively calm and peaceful and the security of Dapchi town was formally handed over to the Nigeria Police Division located in the town.

“The statement by the Military of formal handing over of Dapchi town to the Nigeria Police Division in Dapchi is not correct and untrue, as there was no time that the military informed the Police of their withdrawal, consult or handed over their locations in Dapchi town to the Police.

“The whole of Yobe State is still under Security Emergency, which the Police, the Military and other security agencies are battling to ensure lasting peace.

“Members of the public in Yobe State are implored to disregard and discountenance this claim that the Military formally handed the security of Dapchi town to the Nigeria Police as untrue, unfounded and misleading.

“The Yobe State Police Command will continue to cooperate with other security agencies in ensuring safety and protection of lives and property of people of Yobe State.”

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