Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Scores of girls missing after Boko Haram attack in north-east Nigeria

Scores of girls missing after Boko Haram attack in north-east Nigeria

Co-Convener of the Bring Back Our Girls Group, BBOG, Oby Ezekwesili, has reacted to reports of the alleged missing 94 girls from the Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state after Boko Haram attacked the school on Monday, February 19th.

Recall that 94 of the schoolgirls were declared missing on Monday, after an attack by members of the Boko Haram sect.

"Our girls have been missing for two days and we don't know their whereabouts", Abubakar Shehu, whose niece is among the missing students, told AFP news agency on Wednesday.

A source said security agents are after the terrorists, while the school authorities are taking a head count of students.

If confirmed that some of the schoolgirls were indeed kidnapped, it would be a repeat of the April 2014 brazen kidnap of 276 girls from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State.

"No one can tell if they are abducted or not. We saw some people pushing some of the students to enter their vehicles", she said via phone in her native Hausa language, the Times reports.

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"But the Yobe State police commissioner, Sunmonu Abdulmaliki, told PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday night that the school was attacked, but no immediate confirmation that any of the schoolgirls were abducted".

They were shouting that we should not run.

Addressing journalists in Damaturu, the state capital, Sumonu said: "815 out of the 926 students were physically seen in the school as of Tuesday".

"We still don't know how many of our daughters were recovered and how many are still missing", mother Inuwa Mohammed said.

The insurgents went directly to the school, shooting sporadically, sending students and teachers fleeing, the witnesses said, adding that some people had returned to Dapchi after spending the night hiding in the bush.

"I can not say how many of us (were involved) but I know that our game master was able to escape with about 60 students into the bush".

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