Nigeria gov't confirms 110 girls missing after Boko Haram attack

Lucy Bush
February 26, 2018

Shettima said his visit was meant to strengthen his aggrieved colleague following last Monday's attacks on Government Girls' Science Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, headquarters of Bursari local government area in Yobe State.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed, who was part of a delegation of ministers who met parents and teachers in Dapchi and announced the number of missing girls, also said police and security officials had been deployed to schools in the state.

Nigeria's President said no effort would be spared to locate them. The Hon. Minister of Interior made it clear that we will bring succor to the parents but we need to work with the parents, security, state government and everybody.

More than 100 girls are missing after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a school in Nigeria on Monday.

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The presidential aide explained that while Borno State happened to be the epicentre of Boko Haram attacks, Adamawa and Yobe states had been quite calm with the situation under control in recent times. Sadly, nearly a week after the tragedy, the actual number of students abducted or rescued remains speculative.

Narrating some of his crimes, Abubakar said, "Myself and two other Boko Haram commanders, Abu Fatima and Paper, led most of the attacks on schools in Yobe between 2013 and 2014".

'We are sorry that this could have happened and share your pain. The Dapchi assailants, according to reports of residents' accounts, invaded the town in more than 18 gun trucks mounted with high caliber weapons, and they lasted a couple of hours with their raid before they were repelled by security forces backed by military jets.

Already tensions are mounting between government officials and the relatives of the missing in the town of Dapchi in Yobe state. "Now they are telling me she is missing", said the distraught father.

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"We began jubilating but the story of the rescue turned out to be false", one of the parents, Adamu Alhaji-Deri, said.

Kachalla Bukar, whose 14-year-old daughter was among those missing, said he had been told the insurgents fooled some students into thinking they had come to offer protection. They started telling the terrified girls they were soldiers there to help them, and shepherded them toward their vehicles. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retired), held an enlarged meeting that was attended by Governor Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe State; members of the state cabinet, the Principal and Vice Principal of the school, representatives of the parents of the missing girls and security agencies, among others. No one expected them to even think about Chibok because it a mostly Christian community where Boko Haram was hardly an issue there.

On Friday, Buhari said he was sending more troops and reconnaissance aircraft to look for them.

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