Nigeria gov't confirms 110 schoolgirls unaccounted for in NE state

Monday, 26 Feb, 2018

It's a dubious honor, one that he would give anything not to hold.

A statement issued on the meeting listed the key stakeholders to include state government, the college, the parents, security agencies and Bursari Local Government officials, where Dapchi is situated.

"The Yobe state government has no credible information yet as to whether any of the schoolgirls was taken hostage by the terrorists", said Abdullahi Bego, an aide to Yobe state governor Ibrahim Gaidam. I asked the school principal if there were abductions or deaths in the school and she said no. Everybody was terrified and we rushed to the gates and frantically scrambled to jump over the fence.

Mohammed said efforts were being made to get the girls back. In the blur of the moment, some girls believed them, so much so that they desperately scrambled to get into the trucks.

"Alhaji-Deri said the men told him: "'Don't panic, we're not here for you. "Go ahead with your prayer inside your mosque'".

Witnesses, however, described seeing the girls in militants' vehicles as part of what appeared to be a deliberate plan to steal them. They started telling the terrified girls they were soldiers there to help them, and shepherded them toward their vehicles.

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'I share the anguish of all the parents and guardians of the girls that remain unaccounted for, ' Buhari tweeted on Wednesday evening.

It would seem that other than modest lessons in survival shown by the Dapchi girls to have been learnt from the Chibok saga, very little has been learnt by anybody else.

The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday, insisted that the Buhari Presidency has a lot of questions to answer regarding the alleged compromising of security around the area as well as the misleading reports that frustrated immediate rescue of the abducted girls.

"We're back here in Yobe as part of efforts to provide some succour to the parents of the girls, to let them know they're not alone & also to reassure them we will not rest until we've found the girls". The incident came four years after the same terror group invaded a female school in Chibok, Borno State, taking into captivity, more than 200 girls.

He said the security agencies were working on many leads regarding the whereabouts of the girls.

From the Shi'ites members who were unjustly shot and killed while protesting peacefully, to the innocent Nigerians being killed by Herdsmen across the country, to those who are being killed gruesomely by ruthless policemen, and the scores of Nigerians being kidnapped in different parts of the country daily, the administration of president Buhari has consistently failed to show sympathy and genuine concern for these victims and also failed to show enthusiasm and willingness to put an end to these terrible developments.