Update: 105 girls missing after Dapchi school attack – Parents

More than 100 girls are missing after a Boko Haram attack on a school in Dapchi, Yobe State, earlier this week, parents told AFP on Friday.

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Parents in Dapchi, in Yobe State, said they had set up a support group after Monday’s raid, which has revived memories of the 2014 abduction of more than 200 girls in Chibok.

“Our first step was to compile a comprehensive list of all the missing girls. So far, we have compiled the names of 105,” said Bashir Manzo, the chairman of the newly created group.

Heavily armed jihadists stormed the boarding school in the remote town, forcing terrified students to flee into the surrounding bush.

But with many girls failing to return home, fears are growing that dozens of the girls have been kidnapped.

Hopes were raised on Wednesday evening, when the spokesman for Yobe state governor Ibrahim Gaidam confirmed the abduction and said “some” of the girls had been rescued.

But Gaidam on Thursday questioned whether there had been an abduction, while his spokesman apologised and said they had been “misled” for publishing inaccurate information.

Manzo, whose 16-year-old daughter, Fatima, is among the missing, said the schoolgirls’ mothers and fathers would seek a meeting with Gaidam.

“We believe he was misinformed. The school authorities from the beginning denied and kept denying that our daughters were taken,” he added.

“We will see the governor and seek his help, as well as anyone who matters that can in one way or another assist in ensuring the freedom of our girls.”

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6 Comments

  1. It’s a big shame that the Nigerian army and other security agents cannot provide adequate protection for our schools, especially those schools in terrorism prone areas
    They are now making the usual useless prepared speeches and making the routine empty promises of rescuing another set of kidnapped girls and the misery of those innocent girls and their parents continues
    They are only good at showing off military weapons with which they bully, harass and kill innocent and unarmed Biafran freedom protesters and other peaceful citizens in the guise of operation python dance or crocodile whatever
    This is even in the face of the murderous Fulani herdsmen parading the streets with AK 47 rifles, with which they kill and main members of their hosts communities with impunity
    The tragedy of an Hausa/Fulani Republic

  2. For the past 8 years Nigeria has been faced with serious security problems. The Government should close our borders and put strong Security measure in place to control immigrants from our neighboring countries.

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