By Ben Adoga
The BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) Movement on Tuesday held a rally in Abuja and threatened to drag the Federal Government to court for criminal negligence over the kidnap of the schoolgirls in Yobe State.
The group which berated security agencies for poor intelligence gathering accused them of compromises and poor management of the security architecture.
BBOG therefore vowed that after one week, if the government failed to provide workable plans towards the rescue of all the Chibok school girls as well as the recent Dapchi schoolgirls, they would sue the government to compel it to act responsibiliy.
According to the leaders of the movement, Florence Ozor, Aisha Yesufu and Oby Ezekwesili, both the Federal and Yobe State governments had moral as well as legal questions, to answer concerning the abduction of the innocent school girls from Yobe l, just as the country was still grappling with the puzzle surrounding the Chibok girls’ tragedy almost four years after.
A human right lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) who joined took part in the rally, said that the government had failed in keeping its constitutional roles.
Falana also confirmed that BBOG planned to go to court over the government’s shoddy handling of the schoolgirls’ abductions. He said that Nigerians cannot trust those at the helm of affairs, considering their nonchalant attitude to the people’s welfare.
He said: “We are going to court. I don’t see the importance of setting up committees. The former government set up a committee after the abduction of the Chibok girls, till now no one has been punished. Once you do not punish impunity, criminality will continue.
“We suspect that there is a deliberate high level attempt to cover up the actions and inactions that led to the abduction of our 110 Dapchi girls on the 19th February, 2018. We have seen the contradictory statements and media spinning. So, we ask the government why all these lies? Why is there so much falsehood around this tragedy? Why the cover up?
“While we wait for the Federal Government’s response to our 14 questions, our movement – BringBackOurGirls – hereby issues a seven-day notice to the Federal Government to without further delay bring back the 112 Chibok girls and the 110 Dapchi girls. Failure by the Federal Government to act immediately shall necessitate our legal action for its criminal negligence that led to the recent abduction of our 110 Dapchi girls,” he said.
They held a procession to the Presidential Villa, Abuja.