Nigerian Citizen Says State Government Denies Boko Haram Abductions

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A Nigerian Citizen told Conatus News that the Yobe state government denies Boko Haram’s Abductions of young girls.  

Yesterday, an article in The Independent reported 111 school girls in Yobe State, Nigeria missing after Boko Haram militants attacked a school with machine guns.

One Nigerian citizen spoke to a Red Cross member, who he said was located in the city of Dapchi, where the attack happened.

The citizen, whose name is kept anonymous for reasons of security, told Conatus News the following.

‘The insurgents attacked the Government Girls Science and Technical College, about 100 kilometres away from Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

It was allegedly a case of abduction, when about 94 girls were declared missing, but the school teachers and the commissioner have denied this as the recovery process of the girls is still ongoing just two days of the incident.

My source is a member of the Red Cross living in the community, who was present during the attack and was able to seek refuge in the nearby bush. Most of the students, including my sister were also in the bush, and she has confirmed that some of the girls were abducted, even though the Yobe state government has denied this.

Today, I received the update that some Fulani herdsman in their rural communities saw the insurgents with the girls.

Furthermore, in Gubio, in the state of Borno (a neighboring state of Yobe), once ravaged by the insurgents’ activities, these latter were allegedly seen with 11 trucks carrying some of the girls where they stopped and offered Fajr prayer.

The attack happened at a time when Dapchi has no military presence because troops were pulled out for more than two weeks for an assignment in a different location.

Most of the citizens believe that this abduction affair cannot be dissociated from the negligence demonstrated in the fight against insurgents in Nigeria’s Northeast.’

This is an ongoing news story. More updates to follow if and when available.

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