Nigeria sets up probe into Boko Haram school kidnapping

ABUJA –The government in Nigeria on Tuesday said it had set up a committee to establish how Boko Haram jihadists managed to kidnap 110 girls from their school in the country’s remote northeast.

Members of the militant Islamist group stormed the Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe state, last Monday, nearly four years after a similar mass abduction in Chibok, Borno state.

Thousands of young girls and women have been kidnapped since the conflict began in 2009. Men and young boys of fighting age have also been forcibly conscripted.

The committee which consists of 12 members will be chaired by a major-general and include senior figures from the armed forces, police, intelligence agencies and the state government.

Minister of Information Lai Mohammed said it would look into the “presence, composition, scale and disposition of security” in Dapchi in the run-up to the attack.

The military and police have since argued publicly about the security responsibilities in the town.

“The panel, which is expected to submit its report by Mach 15, 2018, is also saddled with recommending measures to prevent future occurrence,” Mohammed added in a statement

As of 18:00 on Monday, the Nigerian Air Force had flown a total of 200 hours as part of the search operation for the girls, who are aged 11-19, said the government.

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