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DAPCHI: Military counters Amnesty Int’l with damning allegation of its own

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The Nigerian Military has levelled damning allegation against Amnesty International (AI) following its latest report on the Dapchi abduction in which it accused the military of ignoring intelligence on the incident prior to its occurrence.

The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen John Agim, said in a statement on Tuesday that AI was, consistent with its past actions, deliberately sabotaging Nigeria’s efforts at combating terrorism by damaging its reputation and frustrating alliances with key strategic partners in line with the dictates of its “paymasters”.

The statement read, “For avoidance of doubt, the Armed Forces of Nigeria are more than ever, poised to bring the activities of Boko Haram terrorists to a complete end and no amount of discouraging fabrications by the AI will deter the military from achieving its constitutionally assigned responsibilities.

“The Defence of our national territorial integrity is our utmost goal and as such the Armed Forces in conjunction with sister security agencies will continue to strive toward entrenching peace in the North-East and indeed every part of this great nation.

“For the avoidance of doubts, no security force was informed of Dapchi school girls abduction as alleged by AI.

“The Nigerian public and the International Community should know that the Armed Forces of Nigeria are a professional military and have attained the highest form of professionalism in line with International best practices.

“And so, could not have ignored warning of Boko Haram attack only to work tirelessly to get the girls back.’’

“Amnesty International always brings out damming reports about the Nigerian Military at strategic points.

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“They did that accurately in the previous administration and the US invoked the leahy law against Nigeria at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency.

“Within this year, 2018, Amnesty International issued reports against the Military in January 2018, February 2018 and now March 2018.

“The question is; what is the motive of the AI?

“The answer is simple; President Trump of the United States of America has agreed to collaborate with the current government of Nigeria to end insurgency in the North-East and AI wants to do everything within its powers to make sure that the US-Nigeria Anti-Terrorism cooperation does not succeed in accordance with their paymasters design.’’

“Unfounded and inaccurate reports such as this by AI is completely unacceptable, and only exist in the figment of AI imaginations and should be discountenanced by well-meaning Nigerians and foreign friendly nations”.

 

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