…Saddles panel on recommendation and prevention by 15 March 2018
By Olayinka Ajayi
National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd)
In a bid to curtail the Boko Haram gorilla strategy of abducting school girls, the Federal Government of Nigeria has set up a 12-man committee to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of 110 students of the Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi, Yobe State, following the attack on the school by insurgents recently.
The committee convened by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), will be chaired by a military officer of the rank of Major General, comprises one senior Provost each from the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force; representatives of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA); Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA); Nigeria Police Force (NPF); Department of State Services (DSS); Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC); two representatives of the Yobe State Government and a representative of the Office of the National Security Adviser.
According to the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Alhaji Lai Muhamed said: “The terms of reference of the Committee include ascertaining the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the girls, confirming the presence, composition, scale and disposition of security emplaced in Dapchi as well as in GGSTC before the incident and suggesting measures that can lead to the location and rescue of the girls.”
“The panel is expected to submit its report by 15 March 2018, is also saddled with recommending measures to prevent future occurrence.” The Minister affirmed.