The BRING BACK OUR GIRLS group has expressed their sadness over the abduction of 16 policewomen by Boko Haram terrorists, comparing it to the kidnap of the Chibok Girls.
The policewomen were part of a large convoy of commercial, private and government vehicles traveling from Maiduguri to the southern part of Borno State.
Armed forces are often required to travel the road so as to protect motorists from the attacks of the terrorists.
Sadly, the convoy was attacked and 16 policewomen abducted to which the terrorists have taken responsibility while parading the women in a video released online.
ALLAFRICA reported that the #BBOG group explained that the way the government handled the recent attack was the way it handled the abduction of the Chibok girls.
According to the group, 13 days after the tragedy, the government failed to comment on the matter, while the terrorists released their video on the fourth day of the attack.
We also noted that it was four days after the unfortunate claim by the terrorists and more than one week after the incident that the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) made its first statement.
“In said statement, it outrightly denied that any police personnel was abducted, that the women in the released video were not their staff although the statement confirmed that two (2) of their personnel were missing.”
To the group, it appears that there is a repeat of the three-year-old Chibok girls incidence and the initial denial that the incidence happened.
“When the abduction happened in Chibok in 2014, some officials of the federal government did, in fact, deny that the school girls existed in the first place referring to their abduction as a scam, yet from media reports, the policewomen were said to be on a national assignment to bury their deceased colleague when eyewitnesses to their attack saw them taken away in a truck just like it happened to our Chibok Girls on that night of 14 April 2014.”
The group demanded that the authorities employ the right approach in dealing with victims of terrorism while urging the government to provide answers to the whereabouts of the missing policewomen and other victims.