110 Dapchi girls unaccounted for—Lai Mohammed
Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed has confirmed that 110 girls from Yobe State got missing after a Boko Haram at the boarding school last Monday. The girls are yet to be rescued contrary to earlier report credited to the Yobe State government that some of the missing girls have been found.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this to newsmen in Damaturu, Yobe State capital on Sunday after a closed door meeting between a federal government delegation, Yobe government, security agencies, community leaders and parents of the missing schoolgirls.
“It was a meeting between stakeholders to get a first-hand information and, out of the total register of 906 students in school that day, 110 students are unaccounted” he said.
Reports on Wednesday said some 111 schoolgirls were unaccounted for after suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked the school. The Government Girls Science Technical College in Dapchi, Bursari Local Government Area, of Yobe State was attacked on Monday.
Later in the day, the state government said some of the girls have been rescued: “The Yobe State Government hereby informs the public that some of the girls at Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) whose school was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists last Monday have been rescued by gallant officers and men of the Nigerian Army from the terrorists who abducted them.
“The rescued girls are now in the custody of the Nigerian Army,” Abdullahi Bego, a spokesperson to the governor said in the statement.
But the Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, in another twist said that none of the girls had been found.
The minister said far reaching decisions were reached among which included the deployment of police and Civil Defence Corps to all schools.
He said security agencies were synergizing to ensure the rescue of every student abducted by the insurgents.
“No stone will be left unturned in our determination to rescue these girls” the minister assured.
He said the federal, state governments and parents would collaborate with security agents to work towards successful rescue of the students.
Mohammed reiterated that the insurgents were being contained and now looking for soft targets.
“Government will remain focused and resolute in the fight against insurgency to rescue the students and every Nigerian in their custody.”
NAN reports that Government Girls Technical College Dapchi was last Monday attacked by Boko Haram insurgents and, abducted the schoolgirls.