Dapchi Girls Have Been Brought Back

By on March 21, 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered four of his ministers to go to Dapchi in Yobe State for an update  on  the abducted schoolgirls freed by Boko Haram early Wednesday morning.

The Ministers assigned to visit the Dapchi include Mansur Dan-Ali, Defence; Abdulrahman Danbazau, Interior; Lai Mohammed, Information; and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Khadijat Abba-Ibrahim.

The four ministers have left the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting for the trip to Dapchi, in line with the order given by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed speaking to statehouse correspondents before departing for Dapchi.

The Information Minister had earlier confirmed that 76 of the released girls had been documented.
According to him,  the Federal Government, with the support of friendly countries, embarked on back channel negotiations to convince Boko Haram to free the girls.

He added that efforts are now being made to document all the girls, adding that at the moment, 76 of them have been documented while “there are still more.’’
He promised to give an update on the incident from time to time.

Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali also attributed the early release of the girls to “the efforts of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces .

Also,  Minister of state for Foreign Affairs, Khadijat Abba-Ibrahim, who refused to confirm if any of the girls was killed, said that a roll call  is ongoing  to ascertain how many of the students may have passed on.

The Minister advised parents to continue sending their wards to school while promising further fortification of schools to ensure children learn in safe and secure environment.

It was reported that parents of the 110 school girls of the Government Girls Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State who were abducted over a month ago have said that the Dapchi girls have been brought back.

Parents go through list of 110 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Government Girls Technical College at Dapchi town in Northern Nigerian on February 28, 2018.

Nigeria’s government on March 1 said it had set up a committee to establish how Boko Haram jihadists managed to kidnap 110 girls from their school in the country’s remote Northeast.

Members of the militant Islamist group stormed the Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19, nearly four years after a similar mass abduction in Chibok, Borno state.

Today, Wednesdaythe kidnapped girlswere comfirmed to have been brought back. Report say were brought in nine vehicles and dropped outside the school at about 8:00 am (0700 GMT),” said Bashir Manzo, who heads a group set up to support parents whose children were abducted. Although, out of the number, 5 of the abducted girls are yet to be found, posing fears whether they are alive or dead.

Confirming the release of the Dapchi girls, the father of Aisha Abdullahi of JSS 2 said his friend called him to confirm that one of the girls was dropped at Gumsa yesterday night while the others who were on their way to Dapchi arrived this morning.

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