The Yobe state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has blamed the withdrawal of troops from Dapchi for the suspected Boko Haram attack on the Government Girls’ Science Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe state.
The governor lamented the attack on the school occurred barely a week after soldiers were withdrawn from Dapchi.
Speaking on Sunday when he played host to his Borno state counterpart, Kashim Shettima, in Damaturu, who was in Yobe on a sympathy visit, Gaidam said:
“I blame the whole attack on Dapchi on the military and the defence headquarters who withdrew troops from Dapchi.”
“The attack occurred barely a week after the military withdrew the soldiers from there.
“Before then, Dapchi has been peaceful, there was never such incident. But just a week after they withdrew the troops, Boko Haram came to attack the town.
“When I met the theater commander on why the military where withdrawn, he said they have shortage of manpower. To me, it is not an excuse because it’s duty bound for the FG to recruit and bridge the gap.”
He recalled a similar Boko Haram attack on Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, also in Yobe state, occurred when troops of the Nigerian Army were suddenly withdrawn, leading to the death of some students of the school.
“Let me be quoted anywhere, the military must take blame for the attack on Dapchi.
“The same thing happened in 2013 when the military suddenly removed troops guarding the town and a week later Boko Haram went there to attack the town and the secondary school there killing 29 students,” the Governor said.
Minister of information, Alh. Lai Mohammed, recently disclosed 110 Dapchi school girls are currently unaccounted for, following the attack on Government Girls’ Science Technical College,Dapchi, Yobe state.