Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

After Boko Haram Attack, 50 To 90 School Girls Purportedly Abducted

After Boko Haram Attack, 50 To 90 School Girls Purportedly Abducted

According to a report by The Punch, the spokesman of Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, said the army is still waiting for the school management to provide the result of its roll call to determine if students are missing.

Some 815 out of the 926 students were physically seen in the Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, as on Tuesday, Abdulmaliki Sumonu, police chief in charge of the state told reporters in state capital Damaturu, reported Xinhua.

On Wednesday, Mohammed Lamin, the state commissioner of education, said out of 98 missing students, 48 had returned.

The delegation reportedly inspected the school and monitor roll calls of students where it was discovered that almost all the students have returned to the school from their hiding.

Abubakar Shehu, whose niece is among those missing from Dapchi, said a search of surrounding villages had drawn a blank.

He said there is no case of abduction yet.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the reports of missing schoolgirls from the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) located in Dapchi, Bursari Local Government area of Yobe State as shocking.

"The team is profiling the students to know those who are missing?"

But the police chief warned that the public should not take this to mean that they were kidnapped.

Some of the girls had fled to villages up to 30 kilometres (nearly 20 miles) away through the remote bushland, he added.

"He has released a delegation led by the Minister of defence to Dapchi, to get firsthand information as to what is happening".

They include some 300 children who were among 500 people abducted from the town of Damasak in November 2014. The army still largely controls access and infrastructure has been devastated by the conflict.

It said the closure was to enable students re-unite with their families to douse tension of fear of possible abduction by Boko Haram during the attack.

As the issue gained world attention, spawning the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, the then president Goodluck Jonathan was increasingly criticised for his lacklustre response.

But despite Buhari's repeated claims the group is weakened to the point of defeat, civilians remain vulnerable to suicide attacks and hit-and-run raids.

Ezekwesili expressed fears that the Chibok experience of four years ago may have repeated itself.

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