By Ameh Ejekwonyilo
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies to put measures in place to stop the violation of the right to education and dignity of school girls in the North-East Nigeria.
The Acting Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu made this call in Abuja on Monday while reacting to confirmation by the Federal Government that 110 out of the total of 906 students in Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State were unaccounted for, after the school was attacked by Boko Haram insurgents last week.
According to a press release issued by the commission’s Head of Media Relations, Fatimah Mohammed, Ojukwu who also Heads the NHRC Human Rights/Humanitarian Assessment Team in the North-East, condemned what happened in Dapchi as “inhuman and degrading treatment which inflicts both physical and psychological torture on the innocent school girls and an affront on their fundamental rights and freedom.”
The statement read in part: “The Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Commission therefore calls on security agencies to restructure the security architecture of the country and take adequate measures to protect all educational institutions in the country against any further attacks.
“The Commission commiserates with the government and families of the victims of the Dapchi incident and urged that immediate steps must be taken to rescue the missing girls and prosecute the abductors.”