Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

More than 100 Nigerian girls feared abducted by Boko Haram

More than 100 Nigerian girls feared abducted by Boko Haram

He told newsmen that, "this has brought down the 94 missing students recorded at yesterday's headcount to 48 this morning".

In an update, the Yobe State government on Wednesday said 50 out of 926 Dapchi schoolgirls, whose school was attacked by Boko Haram on Monday have not reported back to school.

"Now we just heard that they sighted them somewhere and the military is heading to the scene", he said.

Yobe's education commissioner, Mohammed Lamin, said the school had been shut and a rollcall of all the girls who have returned was being conducted.

However, Commissioner of Police Abdulmalik Sunmonu yesternight told the Nigerian Tribune that he was not really certain of the alleged abduction based on the information at his disposal.

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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari announced after a weekly cabinet meeting that a government delegation led by the defence and foreign ministers will visit Dapchi on Thursday.

In the same vein, Aishatu Abdullahi, one of the schoolgirls that escaped the attack has claimed that it was not all of the students that were so lucky as she claims that some of the girls may have been taken away by the armed insurgents.

The Boko Haram insurgents attacked Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, on Monday and looted foodstuff, while the staff and students ran into the bush for safety.

We can not say [whether the students were abducted], because the insurgents went into the students' hostel, and many of these students scaled the fence and escaped into the bushes.

They include some 300 children who were among 500 people abducted from the town of Damasak in November 2014.

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State government officials said Wednesday about 50 girls remained missing though dozens had returned to the area after fleeing. "We have the feeling they were taken by the gunmen".

"We have been hearing many numbers, between 67 and 94".

"God forbids that we are indeed missing daughters who went to school once again".

A source said security agents are after the terrorists, while the school authorities are taking a head count of students.

Boko Haram has seized thousands of women and young girls, as well as men and boys of fighting age during the conflict, which has left at least 20,000 dead since 2009.

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