'111 girls still unaccounted for' - police contradict Yobe commissioner


Recall that 94 girls from the Government Girls' Science and Technical Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state were reported missing after Boko Haram attack on Monday, February 19.

This was made known to newsmen by a teacher in the school who pleaded anonymity.

This comes shortly after Mohammed Lamin, the state commissioner of education, said 48 missing students had returned.

Abdumaliki Sunmonu told Al Jazeera a roll-call had shown 815 out of 926 students were back at Government Girls College by Tuesday around midday (11:00 GMT). We are still searching for the remaining 94 students.

It further stated that the disappearance of the girls, if confirmed, would be one of the largest since Boko Haram abducted more than 270 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in 2014. Numerous girls at a local boarding school were whisked to safety when the Boko Haram militants launched their assault Monday evening in Yobe state.

Residents, who spoke on condition of anonymitysaid the terrorists carted away food items from the stores of the Government Girls College, Dapchi, and petrol from hawkers, who abandoned their products to run for safety.

Goni Bukar, a federal lawmaker representing Bursari and two other local government areas in Yobe State, told PREMIUM TIMES he rushed back to his constituency following the attack and had been to the school.

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I have directed the Military and Police to mobilize immediately to ensure that all the missing girls of Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, are found.

"We are still collecting the details on the attack, census of the girls and the general public", Sumonu said on Tuesday.

According to her, some of the girls may have been taken away by the armed insurgents.

"They fired shots and left the town toward Gaidam... in the night, where they abducted three people", he said.

Fifty-seven escaped in the immediate aftermath and since May past year, 107 have either escaped or been released as part of a government-brokered deal. We are beginning to harbour fears the worst might have happened.

Reuters was unable to verify the witness's account that Boko Haram had abducted girls in the attack on Dapchi on Monday evening.

"The Commissioner of Police (CP) Yobe Command said there is nothing like that".