The whereabouts of several missing students of Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State remains surrounding in mystery after conflicting reports of being rescued and then another suggesting that the schoolgirls could be in captivity.
Reports in Nigeria suggested that 50 schoolgirls were still missing from the technical college in Dapchi following an attack by gunmen believed to be members of the insurgency group Boko Haram on Monday.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Director General to the Yobe State governor on Press Affairs, Abdullahi Bego, had disclosed in a statement on Wednesday that some of the schoolgirls have been rescued by soldiers and “are now in the custody of the Nigerian Army.”
“The Yobe State Government hereby informs the public that some of the girls at Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) whose school was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists last Monday have been rescued by gallant officers and men of the Nigerian Army from the terrorists who abducted them.
“The rescued girls are now in the custody of the Nigerian Army. We will provide more details about their number and condition in due course. His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, who is very grateful for the gallantry and hard work of the officers and men of the Nigerian Army involved in the operation, is monitoring the situation closely and will make a statement in due course,” the statement said.
However on Thursday when the Yobe State governor paid the troubled community a visit, the story had a new twist as he assured families of the students to keep faith and pray for the safe return of their children.
“We issued the statement on the basis of information provided by one of the security agencies that is involved in the fight against Boko Haram and which we had no reason to doubt.
“We have now established that the information we relied on to make the statement was not credible. The Yobe State Government apologises for that,” Gaidam said.
ARMY STATEMENT ON ABDUCTED DAPCHI SCHOOLGIRLS
On Thursday spokesman of the country’s defence headquarters, Brigadier-General John Agim, could not confirm the rescue of any of the schoolgirls as claimed by an official of Yobe State.
He simply told Premium Times when asked about the incident: “We cannot confirm.”
As things stand, information on the schoolgirls missing remains unknown.
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