Nigeria parents release names of 105 missing girls after Boko Haram attack


Many Nigerians fear the girls were 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.

The group was established after the abduction nearly four years ago of 276 girls from a school in Chibok. That case drew global attention to the insurgency and spawned high profile social media campaign Bring Back Our Girls.

The President's spokesman regretted the abduction of 110 students of the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, in Yobe State, by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

ABUJA-THE Nigerian Air Force, NAF, said it has deployed additional air assets, including Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, ISR, platforms to the North East in its renewed effort at locating the missing Dapchi school girls.

The statement said Gaidam was reported as having told Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State when he came on a sympathy visit to Government House Damaturu that military men were "unexpectedly withdrawn from the town (Dapchi) a few hours before the attack" on the girls' college in Dapchi.

"Nigerians have been in shock over revelations by the Yobe State governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, that the abduction was preceded by withdrawal of troops around Dapchi, thereby rendering the area defenceless and paving the way for insurgents to attack and abduct our girls".

His daughter Fatima is among those still unaccounted for.

Faced with seeming government inaction and contradictory and confusing statements about the whereabouts of the Dapchi students, the girls' parents have joined forces, tracking their own list of missing girls and forming an association.

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"We will see the governor and seek his help, as well as anyone who matters that can in one way or another assist in ensuring the freedom of our girls".

While it appears that many students at the school did go into hiding, Manzo said those children are now back with their families.

Schools, particularly those with a secular curriculum, have been targeted by Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates from Hausa as "Western education is forbidden".

It demands the adoption of Sharia law in all of Nigeria.

The admission has been met with fury from the parents of the...

This time, they said, the military has already been deployed and is combing Yobe state, where Dapchi is.

State police, Yobe government and others had given different figures while a parent representing families of girls who disappeared on Friday told Reuters 105 were missing. "We are sorry that this could have happened", said Mr Buhari in a statement. We pray that our gallant armed forces will locate and safely return your missing family members'.

Nigeria's government has repeatedly claimed in the past year that Boko Haram has been defeated, but the group continues to carry out deadly suicide bombings and other attacks.