The release of over 100 Dapchi School girls kidnapped February 19, 2018 has been generating controversies, latest is the view of the former Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the Book Haram terrorists might even be living within Dapchi town.
“How can a convoy of 10 to 20 (vehicles) pass such a long distance in the watchful eyes of the people around without being noticed? Is it possible for a convoy to move from Owo or Ondo to Lagos or Ibadan without being noticed?
” There is more to the kidnap story and how they were released,” the ex-NAN said.
Osuntokun was speaking on Sunrise Daily, Channels TV early morning programme Thursday, March 22.
Osuntokun, a member of PDP and former political adviser to former President Olusegu Obasanjo believed that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government was not sincere about the kidnap of the girls in the first place, and then the release of the girls. “Release of the school girls is questionable.”
Also on the programme was a spokesman for All Progressive Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Joe Igbokwe.
Igbokwe for the first time would not allow a fellow guest on a programme to speak, he rarely allowed Osuntokun to react whenever he made serious allegation against the previous government led by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
On March 21, 2018, one of the deadly terrorist organisations in the world Boko Haram returned the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapped from the Government Girls School in Yobe in February.
It was learnt that the insurgents group returned the girls in nine vehicles, an episode similar to how they were taken away.
One of the girls who gained freedom said that one of them was held back because she was not ready to renounce her religion, while five of the girls may have died while in custody of the insurgents.
At the time of publishing this article, there was no detailed information about the mode of negotiations whether a ransom was paid or not.
“We are being accused collaboration on the abduction of Dapchi girls. In fact, it is believed that the government is behind this. It is a terrible allegation. I will be happy to hear that the girls and all other girls abducted are free,” Daily Post quoted an anonymous military source.
When asked whether a ransom was paid, Igbokwe said, “we shouldn’t be talking about whether money was paid or not, we should be celebrating the release of the innocent girls and give kudos to a government that has taken action since the incidence happened.”
According reports from Yobe State, Abdullahi Kawi, the father of Aisha Abdullahi of JSS 2 and Mustapha Mohammed Dapchi, Vice Chairman, Youth Assembly of Nigeria (YAN), Yobe State Chapter, were the first to be informed about the release of the girls.
Also the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Alhaji Mala Musti told journalists that he had no information to that regard.
It would be recalled that the Minister of Defence, last Saturday assured Nigerians that all the Dapchi schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists would regain their freedom.
The north east part of Nigeria has been under siege of Boko Haram for more than eight years. Thousands of lives have been lost, properties worth billions of Nigerian Naira has also been been lost.