The Yobe State commissioner of Education, Alhaji Mohammed Lamin, have announced that 48 out of the 94 school girls of government college dapchi,Yobe State, who were declared missing after Boko Haram attack on the school on Monday evening have returned.
He spoke in Damaturu just as President Muhammadu Buhari dispatched three ministers, Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (Defence), Chief Geoffrey Onyema (Foreign Affairs) and Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Information and Culture), to the state to collate information on the attack and report back to him.
The president, according to Mohammed, who briefed State House Correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, also directed the military to immediately take charge of the school and ward off any other potential security threat.
Updating journalists in Damaturu, Lamin said 48 of the 94 missing girls had returned to the school leaving the search team of the state government with 46 more girls to find.
He said 28 of the missing girls returned on Tuesday night, while 20 more were received from Magwaram Village on Wednesday morning.
“This has brought down the 94 missing students released at the yesterday’s (Tuesday) headcount to 48 this morning (Wednesday). We are still hopeful that more are returning soon,” Lamin said.
Reuters however reported that corpses of two missing Dapchi school girls who were abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists on Monday, in Yobe state, have been recovered by the Nigerian military.
Their bodies were recovered during rescue operation.
However there are conflicting reports about the where about of the 94 missing Dapchi school girls.
While Nigerian army claimed to have rescued 48 of the girls,the Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam on Thursday faulted the claim when he visited the affected families in Dapchi community, Yobe state on Thursday.
Governor Gaidam said “Until now, we have no certainly that these boys (Boko haram) have taken these girls.
“We should keep praying so that God reveal the whereabouts of the girls.
Meanwhile Yobe Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, has charged the military and other security outfits to ensure that none of the students was lost.
The governor in a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Abdullahi Bego, said: “Following the incursion of suspected Boko Haram terrorists into Dapchi, headquarters of Bursari Local Government Council, and the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC), the Yobe 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.”
Saying the students were helped by their teachers to escape through the night to the surrounding bush and villages as the terrorists stormed the town on Monday, the governor said 50 out of the 926 students has remained unaccounted for.
“The state government is coordinating with the army and law enforcement to ensure that those girls are returned safely,” he said, adding that the state government had no credible information yet on whether any of the school girls was taken hostage by the terrorists.