Prince Uche Secondus

Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), of stage managing the abduction and eventual release of the Dapchi schoolgirls to score political points.

The PDP argued that there was no abduction and that the government used “innocent schoolgirls as pawns in an ignoble script that was designed to hoodwink Nigerians and orchestrate a great rescue and security prowess of a conquering general.”

The opposition party, under whose regime over 200 girls were kidnapped from the dormitories in Chibok on April 14, 2014, insisted that there was no evidence that the girls were abducted by Boko Haram.

It also blamed the government for allegedly withdrawing troops “and all security apparatus at checkpoints and flashpoints in the Dapchi area” shortly before the girls were taken away.

The girls were kidnapped from Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, on 19 February, in a raid which President Muhammadu Buhari described as a “national disaster.”

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The government, today, Wednesday said that a total of 104 of the girls, and a boy were freed “unconditionally” by their Boko Haram abductors. [myad]