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Dapchi Girls SERAP urges FG to provide medical care for rescued students

The government on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, announced the release of the Dapchi girls by Boko Haram.

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SERAP Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni.

(Sahara Reporters)

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari to prioritise the well-being of the released Dapchi girls.

The group also called on the government to immediately provide them with adequate medical and mental health services, including post-rape care and psychosocial support for those who survived abduction by the Boko Haram terrorist group.

SERAP also asked the Federal Government to establish a judicial commission of inquiry to conduct a thorough, impartial and effective investigation into allegations of complicity against some members of the military and security forces in the abduction of the girls.

According to the group, such commission should be completely independent, and have the mandate to find out exactly what transpired, and identify suspected perpetrators.

SERAP said “The report and findings of the commission should be made public, and handed over to a judicial authority to pursue possible prosecutions. This is the surest way to end the constant abductions of our girls.”

The government on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, announced the release of the Dapchi girls by Boko Haram.

Speaking further, SERAP’s Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale said “We welcome the news that many of the girls have now been released. But these girls should not have been abducted in the first place. It’s now absolutely important for Buhari to implement plans to make schools safer for students in the northeast of the country, if his government is to put a stop to constant abductions of Nigerian girls.

“Never again should Nigerian girls be abducted from their schools. The fact remains that the authorities have failed dismally to protect the girls and Nigerians deserve some answers as to what the government is doing to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.

“When girls leave school, their futures can be irreparably harmed. Protecting our schools against any attacks would align Nigeria with the growing global consensus that schools must be safe places, even during armed conflict. Constant attacks on our schools would undermine the government’s commitment to get more children, especially girls, into school – free from discrimination, in a safe environment where they can learn, grow, and thrive.

“Attacks on schools not only have impact on the lives of the girls and communities who are directly concerned, they also send a signal to parents and guardians that schools are not safe places for girls. Providing a safe school environment is crucial to making girls remain in school.

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“Education is a powerful tool to ensure that women are aware of their rights and know how to claim them. It gives women more negotiating power in all aspects of their life. It can protect women from harmful practices and other forms of violence. Education is also crucial for women’s participation in economic, social and political life and necessary to break the cycle of discrimination and exclusion.”

PDP described Dapchi girls rescue as scam

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recently described the release of the kidnapped Dapchi girls by Boko Haram as a scam.

Kola Ologboniyan, PDP’s spokesman said that the release of the school girls was a plot hatched by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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