- Recent media report that suggests the International Committee of the Red Cross is negotiating the release of the Dapchi and Chibok school girls has been debunked by the organisation
- The organisation said its cannot play such a role as it would be contrary to it's principle of neutrality
- According to it, its role is to help facilitate the transport home of people released by an armed opposition group
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday, July 25, clarified its role in the release of the abducted Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls.
ICRC in a statement by the communication coordinator, Aleksandra Mosimann, sent to NAIJ.com stated that it was not involved in negotiation for their freedom from Boko Haram.
Recall that Aisha Wakil, popularly known as Mama Boko Haram, had revealed that she is partnering with the International Committee of Red Cross to rescue Leah Sharibu who was abducted by Boko Haram.
Read the statement below:
"Recent media articles have suggested that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) helps negotiate the release of abducted persons, which is incorrect.
"As a neutral humanitarian organization, the ICRC cannot play such a role, which would be contrary to our principle of neutrality and is outside our mandate.
"We however stand ready to help facilitate the transport home of people released by an armed opposition group, if requested so by the parties involved. To find out more about our role of neutral intermediary please visit our website www.icrc.org
"To help alleviate the suffering of people affected by armed conflict, we regularly exchange information with organisations and individuals engaged in humanitarian work. This is essential to ensure we can best understand and respond to people's needs."
NAIJ.com previously reported that the director general of the State Security Service (SSS), Lawal Daura, on Friday, March 23, said the SSS followed President Muhammadu Buhari's order to secure a peaceful and timely release of the Dapchi girls from their abductors.
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Daura, who spoke when President Buhari received the schoolgirls at the State House presidential villa Abuja, said there was an intense behind-the-scene dailogue led by the Department of State Service to secure the release of the girls.
105 girls abducted from a secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe state, were returned to the entre of the village by their abductors in the early hours of Wednesday, March 21.
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