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Boko Haram: Buhari orders police, Nigerian military to rescue abducted Yobe college girls

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By Ehi Ekhator

The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has given a strict order to the Nigerian Police and Military to ensure the rescue of the 100 girls that were reportedly kidnapped in Yobe by Boko Haram terrorists.

Boko Haram leader, Shekau
Abubakar Shekau

The report broke out on Monday that the Islamic group, Boko Haram attacked Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School at Dapchi town in Bursari local government area of Yobe state.

During the attack, about 100 students were reported to be missing in the all-girls school.

The President on Wednesday ordered the Nigerian military and Police to rescue the students “immediately”.

He said “I have directed the Military and Police to mobilize immediately to ensure that all the missing girls of Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, are found. The Minister of Defence will also lead a Federal Government delegation to Yobe tomorrow, to ascertain the situation.”

Buhari expressed pain and empathy for the parents of the students.

“I share the anguish of all the parents and guardians of the girls that remain unaccounted for. I would like to assure them that we are doing all in our power to ensure the safe return of all the girls.” He expressed.

In 2014, Boko Haram invaded a northeastern town of Chibok where it kidnapped over 270 girls that attracted global outrage and the rise of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign headed by a former Minister of Education Dr. Oby Ezekwisili.

Some 100 Chibok girls were reunited with their parents in September 2017 after the Nigerian government dash out over €2 million and five detained Boko Haram commander for its exchange.


The current abduction may have been caused by the recent move by the Nigerian government to fish out the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

The Nigerian military had promised to reward anyone with useful information to the whereabouts of the terrorist leader.


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