Soldiers rescue Yobe schoolgirls, 50 still missing

Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Geidam, on Wednesday said that the Nigerian Army had rescued some of the missing pupils of Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi in Bursari Local Government Area.

The governor said in s statement by his spokesman, Abdullahi Bego, that the girls fled on the promoting of their teachers when Boko Haram invaded their school on Monday.

He said 50 girls were unaccounted for as at Wednesday evening.

But around 9am, he sent out an update, saying that some of the nissing girls had been rescued from surrounding areas.

It could not be confirmed if any of them was seized by the insurgebts.

50 female pupils of Government Girls Science College, Dapchi I.

He said the state government is working with the Nigerian Army and other security and law enforcement agencies to ensure that all students in the school are fully accounted for.

“As the public is aware, the students were helped by their teachers to escape through the night to the surrounding bush and villages as the terrorists stormed the town last Monday.

“Out of the 926 students in the school, over 50 are still unaccounted for as of the time of this statement. However, the Yobe State Government has continued to receive information about some of the girls being found in the general area to which they escaped.

“The state government is coordinating with the army and law enforcement to ensure that those girls are returned safely.

“The Yobe State Government has no credible information yet as to whether any of the schoolgirls was taken hostage by the terrorists.

“His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam is deeply saddened and outraged by the unfortunate event and has directed that all relevant personnel and agencies work closely with the army and other security organisations to address the situation.

“The Yobe State Government assures parents and the school community that it will do everything necessary to ensure that all the missing girls are found and returned to their school and families and that security is improved in the area.”