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Thursday, 22 February 2018

No Abducted Schoolgirl Rescued Yet! Yobe Governor Faults Army Claims

Yobe State Governor, Gaidam
Yobe State Governor, Gaidam

The Yobe state Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has blamed the claim that the Nigerian Army safeguarded a portion of the young ladies of the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, Yobe state who were snatched by Boko Haram psychological militants on Monday, Vanguard reports. 

The Governor who went to Dapchi town today, notwithstanding, stated, in spite of the claim, that no young lady has been protected yet. 

The Boko Haram fear mongers had assaulted the young ladies' school on Monday and snatched huge numbers of the young ladies. While 48 of them were said to have been protected by the armed force, another 111 of them were allegedly as yet missing after the assault. 

An announcement marked by Abdullahi Bego, the Director-General, Press Affairs to Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, on Wednesday, asserted that a portion of the young ladies were safeguarded and were then in the authority of the Nigerian Army. 

As per the announcement, “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, after visiting Dapchi community on Thursday, Governor Gaidam faulted the claim that the Nigerian Army rescued some of the girls. He said, In fact, that none of the abducted girls has been rescued.

A Dapchi resident, Abdul Dapchi, whose two sisters were among the abducted girls, lamented to newsmen that the community became infuriated at Governor Gaidam after his confession that no girl was actually recued.

He said, “We were all angry. How could they have deceived us all along?” The Governor is said to have pleaded with the affected family members and the people of the community to keep praying to God for the release of their daughters.

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