Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Parents storm Yobe school, evacuate students over Boko Haram attack

Parents storm Yobe school, evacuate students over Boko Haram attack

The attack on Government Girls Secondary School Dapchi came after sunset when some of the students were breaking their fast which they usually observe on Mondays.

The seemingly traumatised girl who spoke with a Premium Times reporter on phone said she saw some of the girls being forced away by the armed gunmen insisting that the attackers came with the intention of abducting students before numerous students took to the bushes by scaling the perimeter fence of the school.

People with direct knowledge of the matter said 91 students were found to be absent after a Tuesday roll-call at the school.

"Our party restates that the life, safety and wellbeing of all Nigerians remain of paramount importance to us and we therefore insist that all efforts must be exerted to find these students".

"Many of us are traumatized", she said, adding that the school had given students a one-week break after the ordeal.

"We have every reason to suspect that they were taken away by the attackers", Aisha Yusuf Abdullahi, 16, told the AFP news agency.

While the state police command maintains there is no case of abduction, the school authorities and parents say 94 of their girls were missing.

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The militants appeared to have attacked the Government Girls Science Technical College and many parents stormed the school Wednesday to demand answers and clarification about the missing girls. "And, how many of them were able to return or ran home to their families", he said.

If confirmed that some of the schoolgirls were indeed kidnapped, it would be a repeat of the April 2014 brazen kidnap of 276 girls from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State.

Parents on Tuesday morning besieged the school as to know the whereabouts of their children with some of them shedding tears while others looking visibly anxious since their daughters never showed up to hug them.

Babagana Gujba, a parent, said he chose to take away his daughter because of her safety.

A mother of one of the students, Amina Usama, who could not trace her daughter, said she cannot forgive herself at the turn of event.

Asked what is the additional information as regards the girls aside the 48 that has returned, Mohammed said, "That is precisely why Mr. President is in direct contact with military and police".

In a statement issued Wednesday, Bego said that more than 50 of the 926 students were still missing.

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