Nigeria says 110 schoolgirls missing after Boko Haram attack

Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Tukur Buratai
Daily Post

The Nigerian government on Sunday confirmed that 110 schoolgirls were missing after last Monday's attack by Boko Haram on their school in Dapchi.

While most of the students who managed to flee the school have been accounted for, the fate of 110 girls remains unknown, and there are fears they might have been taken as brides by the Boko Haram fighters, according to the country's Ministry of Information.

Parents have released a list of the 105 girls they say are still missing almost a week after the town of Dapchi in Nigeria's Yobe state was ambushed by the jihadi group.

Afolabi Sotunde / Reuters A relative of one of the missing school girls reacts in Dapchi in the northeastern state of Yobe, after an attack on the village by Boko Haram, Nigeria February 23, 2018.

The militants, suspected to be Boko Haramists, struck under the cover of night at the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) in a gang raid for which they deployed explosives and heavy weaponry mounted on trucks, some of which were said to have been camouflaged in military colours.

Residents said the militants attacked the town last week, demanding directions to the girls' school and sending many fleeing into the surrounding bush amid the hail of gunfire.

Frustrated and angry parents of the missing girls have since announced plans to join the Bring Back Our Girls movement that was launched in 2014 when 270 girls were adbucted in the town of Chibok.

Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates as "Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language, is trying to create a state adhering to a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

Also a statement by the Director-General, Press Affairs to Yobe Governor, Malam Abdullahi Bego said the report by the medium is erroneous and misleading. What this reminds us, in very painful way, I should add, is that as political actors, we should learn to separate politics from issues of security.

"We began jubilating but the story of the rescue turned out to be false", one of the parents, Adamu Alhaji-Deri, said. "I will say yes, terribly so", said Adesina.

Kachalla Bukar, whose 14-year-old daughter was among those missing, said he had been told the insurgents fooled some students into thinking they had come to offer protection.

Emerging facts show that principal actors in the negotiation with Boko Haram's two factions include the government of Switzerland, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), other international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), security and counter-terrorism consultants, others in the shadowy world of subterfuge and of course, Nigerian government officials. They started telling the terrified girls they were soldiers there to help them, and shepherded them toward their vehicles.

Who authorized the said withdrawal of troops from the area and for what objective?

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