Yobe State: We can’t give number of missing school girls – Nigerian Government
The Federal government has appealed for more time to assess the abduction and whereabouts of some school girls who were reported missing after some hungry Boko Haram terrorists invaded a Government Girls’ College in Yobe State.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed who visited the school on Thursday with some delegations said the government cannot disclose the numbers of girls currently missing as it needs more time to assess the situation in Dapchi critically.
The Government Girls science Technical College in Dapchi, Bursari Local Government area of Yobe State was thrown into chaos on Monday, February 19 after some terrorists struck in search of food, and also allegedly whisked away some girls.
Yobe state government that confirmed the incident said some of the girls and teachers fled the attack but some girls were not so lucky.
Mohammed, during the visit to the school, said “On the issue of the number of missing girls, we cannot give what we are not sure of, until we hear from their parents, we cannot say this is the number. Give us a few more time please,” the Minister of Information told journalists shortly after he arrived Dapchi.
On Wednesday, the Yobe state government released a statement claiming some of the girls had been rescued by the Nigerian Army. But on Thursday, the government retracted its statement.
Though, the state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam promised to do everything necessary in partnership with the security agencies to return the girls to their parents, the concerned parents of the missing students, who are still in confusion about the current location of their children converged on Thursday at the District headquarter of Dapchi to await updates from the government, but they were greeted with disappointments as there was no positive response from the government.
The President had on Wednesday ordered the military and other security agencies to take control in Dapchi, Yobe State after the report broke out of the missing girls.
He also directed a delegation led by the Minister of Defence Monsur Dan-Ali to visit the school for an on the spot assessment