BREAKING: 50 Dapchi Schoolgirls Still Missing After Boko Haram Attack – Yobe...

BREAKING: 50 Dapchi Schoolgirls Still Missing After Boko Haram Attack – Yobe Governor

By Ima Matthew | Staff Writer on February 21, 2018
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Dapchi, Schoolgirls, Musab Albarnawi , Islamic State. Ibrahim Gaidam
Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State | The Trent

Yobe State government has confirmed the abduction of over 50 schoolgirls from the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) located in Dapchi, Headquarters of Bursari Local Government area of the state.

The girls went missing after gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists invaded the school days ago.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam in an e-mailed statement to The Trent on Wednesday, February 21 said since the day of invasion by the terrorists over 50 schoolgirls are still missing.

“Out of the 926 students in the school, over 50 are still unaccounted for as of the time of this statement,” the governor said.

“As the public is aware, the students were helped by their teachers to escape through the night to the surrounding bush and villages as the terrorists stormed the town last Monday.”

The statement which was signed by the Abdullahi Bego, the director-general of press affairs to the government, said information was received about some of the girls being found in the general area to which they escaped.

It added further that the Yobe State Government has no credible information yet as to whether any of the schoolgirls were taken hostage by the terrorists but is currently working with the army and law enforcement to ensure that the missing girls are returned safely.

“The Yobe State Government is working with the Nigerian Army and other security and law enforcement agencies to ensure that all students in the school are fully accounted for,” Gaidam said in the statement.

Governor Gaidam, however, expresses sadness over the incident. He has since directed all relevant personnel and agencies to work closely with the army and other security organisations.

He, therefore, assured parents and the school community that the state government will do everything necessary to ensure that all the missing schoolgirls are found and returned to their school and families and that security is improved in the area.

Read the full, unedited statement below:

THE INCIDENT AT GGSTC DAPCHI

Following the incursion of suspected Boko Haram terrorists into Dapchi, headquarters of Bursari Local Government Council and the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) there, the Yobe State Government is working with the Nigerian Army and other security and law enforcement agencies to ensure that all students in the school are fully accounted for.

As the public is aware, the students were helped by their teachers to escape through the night to the surrounding bush and villages as the terrorists stormed the town last Monday.

Out of the 926 students in the school, over 50 are still unaccounted for as of the time of this statement. However, the Yobe State Government has continued to receive information about some of the girls being found in the general area to which they escaped.

The State Government is coordinating with the army and law enforcement to ensure that those girls are returned safely.

The Yobe State Government has no credible information yet as to whether any of the schoolgirls was taken hostage by the terrorists.

His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam is deeply saddened and outraged by the unfortunate event and has directed that all relevant personnel and agencies work closely with the army and other security organisations to address the situation.

The Yobe State Government assures parents and the school community that it will do everything necessary to ensure that all the missing girls are found and returned to their school and families and that security is improved in the area.

The public will be further updated as appropriate.

Signed

Abdullahi Bego
Director-General Press Affairs to His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam   



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