94 Girls Abducted By Boko Haram, Parents Confines School
The Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, in Burasari local government area of Yobe state was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists on Monday, February 19.
According to a teacher in the school, the attackers stormed the school around 7pm through the eastern part of the town.
94 students are still missing and have been suspected to be abducted by the terrorist.
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A source in the school quoted in the report said the number of missing students was established in the afternoon after a head count.
“After the roll call, 610 out the total number of 704 students have returned. We are still searching for the remaining 94 students,” he said.
When he was asked whether the students were abducted, he said:
“We cannot say, because the insurgents went into the students’ hostel, and many of these students scaled the fence and escaped into the bushes. No one can tell if they are abducted or not.”
He said some parents had reported to the school authorities that their children, who fled into the bushes, had returned home safely.
“We are calling on parents to help the school update its list by reporting immediately their children arrived home safely,” he said.
The Yobe state police commissioner Abdumaliki Sunmonu said no case of abduction had been established yet.
On his part, the state commissioner of education, Lawan Ali, said senior officials from the ministry had been dispatched to the school.
“The team is profiling the students to know those who are missing? And, how many of them were able to return or ran home to their families.”
Meanwhile, parents have besieged the school to know the whereabouts of their children.
(Belongings of the students that abducted ) Source: Naij
One of the parents, Lamuwa Yadi, said he has two daughters in the school but could only find one of them.
“We have no idea where she is now, her sister said they were at the hall when the insurgents struck, and it was the last time she saw her.
“We are calling on the state and the federal government to act fast before it gets worst.”
A mother of one of the students, Amina Usama, who could not trace her daughter, said she cannot forgive herself at the turn of event.
“I forced her to go back to school against her wish, unknown to me that this calamity is awaiting her here. My daughter always complained that there was no security in the school.”
In a related development, the Yobe state government has closed the school for one week and send the students home so as ease tension.
Maimuna Lawan, an SSS3 student said the insurgents stormed the gate around 6:30pm,
“They were shouting that we should not run. We got terrified by the gunshots and scaled the fence, we are not sure if they abducted some student but we suspected they did because, they were calling some students when I ran away.”
The attack happened on the same day the terrorists launched a deadly attack at the University of Maiduguri, two weeks after they released three lecturers of the institution following months of captivity.
A Boko Haram bomber detonated his explosive in the evening on Monday, February 19, near a students’ hostel, but was gunned down before he could unleash mayhem.