105 girls missing after Boko Haram school attack: parents


Information Minister Lai Mohammed speaks during his visit to the school in Dapchi in the northeastern state of Yobe, where dozens of school girls went missing after an attack on the village by Boko Haram, Nigeria, Feb. 22, 2018.

The party also berated the Buhari-led government for what it called an attempt to suppress information on the Dapchi saga, adding that the development rendered rescue mission hard, thus compounding the woes of the families of the missing girls.

The opposition party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said that the Buhari presidency has put Nigerians at risk by deceiving the people and issuing false performance indices suggesting that insurgents have been completely routed out. "We will provide more details about their number and condition in due course", Nigeria's federal government said in a statement Wednesday. "I would like to assure them that we are doing all in our power to ensure the safe return of the girls". "Why did they lie to us before?"

The group was set up after the abduction nearly four years ago of 276 girls from a school in Chibok, also in north-eastern Nigeria. More than one hundred of the Chibok girls are yet to return home; we do not know for sure how many of them survived the ordeal after almost four years.

Visiting the community in Dapchi on Friday, Mohammed said Boko Haram's influence was waning, and it was trying to attract global attention.

The military on its part has kept a guarded silence over the matter, which some analyst attribute to remorse, and a sense of carefulness not to get lambasted by Nigerians, since they have claimed severally that the BokoHaram sect has been decimated.

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On Wednesday, parents and other local witnesses told Reuters they had been warned by Nigerian security and government officials not to disclose the students' disappearance.

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"A group of Boko Haram fighters made an incursion during (Tuesday) night in Assigashia", a source close to administrative authorities in the northern Cameroon border area said, asking not be named.

He told the Tribune online that his daughter Fatima Bashir was number one on the list adding that some parents have up to three kids in the list of abductees.

When they returned, "I heard shrieks of girls from the lorry", he said.

But a day later, Ibrahim Gaidam told villagers the girls were still unaccounted for, according to an apologetic statement from his spokesman. At that time, the military and the government initially denied the kidnappings, following which they provided misinformation and unclarity about the situation.