Boko Haram: 110 Dapchi School Girls Confirmed Missing

The Federal Government has confirmed that 110 girls remain unaccounted for following an attack on a school in the town of Dapchi in Yobe State by suspected members of Boko Haram.

Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said police and security officials had been deployed to schools in the state while efforts were being stepped up to rescue the missing girls..

“The Federal Government has confirmed that 110 students of the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, are so far unaccounted for, after insurgents believed to be from a faction of Boko Haram invaded their school on Monday.”

Yobe state government on Wednesday said dozens of the schoolgirls had been rescued by the military, sparking celebration in the streets, but a day later it issued a statement saying the girls were mostly still unaccounted for.

Meanwhile,  parents have released a list of the 105 young women they say are still missing nearly a week after Boko Haram militants attacked a northern town, demanding that residents direct them toward the school for girls.

The fate of the girls is not yet known, though many fear they have abducted as brides for the Boko Haram extremists, who in 2014 kidnapped 276 girls from a boarding school in Chibok and forced them to marry their captors. About 100 of the Chibok girls have never returned to their families nearly four years later.

In the town of Dapchi in Nigeria’s Yobe state, the militants arrived Monday evening, sending many fleeing into the surrounding bush amid the hail of gunfire. While Nigeria’s president has called the disappearances a “national disaster,” local officials at first falsely indicated that some had been rescued while others would return in the coming days from hiding.

Yobe state Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam on Friday put the number of missing girls in Dapchi at 84, but family members quickly refuted that.

Bashir Manzo, who has been heading up the relatives’ efforts, said they only took information when a girl’s mother or father appeared in person to report a missing child. His daughter Fatima is among those still unaccounted for.