Girls Missing After Boko Haram School Attack, Confirms Nigerian Offiicals
- Author: Megan Austin Feb 26, 2018,
Feb 26, 2018, 9:23
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, revealed the figures after a meeting between a Federal Government delegation and representatives of key stakeholders in Damaturu, the Yobe State capita.
The government later retracted the announcement and apologized for the "erroneous" statement, which it said was based on inaccurate information. Because the total register of the students that came to school that day was 906 but as at today (Sunday, 25 February, 2018) about 110 of them can not be accounted for and that is the situation.
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, said yesterday that the attacks on the girls' school in Dapchi had reminded him of the abduction of Chibok girls because they are similar. "I want the press to quote me on this" he said.
Emerging facts show that principal actors in the negotiation with Boko Haram's two factions include the government of Switzerland, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), other international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), security and counter-terrorism consultants, others in the shadowy world of subterfuge and of course, Nigerian government officials.
Yobe state government added to the confusion when it said on Wednesday that dozens of the girls had been rescued, only to issue a statement the next day saying the schoolgirls were mostly still unaccounted for, sparking anger among locals.
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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted Friday that the military has been deployed in response to the kidnapping and additional troops and surveillance aircrafts have been sent to monitor the area.
"We are sorry that it happened; we 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. This kind of incidence happened around 2014 at the Federal Government College Yadinbuni. And I was made to understand this morning that the defence ministry was disputing; that they did not withdraw anyone.
He also noted that he had called the attention of the Theatre Commander who has promised to restore the presence of the military personnel to the state.
Official narratives conflicted wildly on whether the Dapchi girls fled the attack or were napped by the assailants.
The governor said both attacks occured when least expected. "This reminds us to be on guard". Now this abduction took place in an APC-controlled state under an APC-led federal government. "'These are the schoolgirls, ' I told myself", he said. The parents of these girls will always look up to you with hope in the midst of agony. Human lives are precious in the sight of Allah.