Lai Mohammed/ Photo Credit: Premium Times
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has disclosed that 110 students of Government Girls Technical School Dapchi, in Yobe State were missing after Boko Haram sacked the school last Monday.
CRISPNG recalls that the actual number of the students kidnapped in the attack has since been generating controversies, with the Yobe State government and the Nigerian Army issuing contradictory claims.
But addressing journalists in Damaturu, the state capital, after a closed door meeting between a federal government delegation,Yobe government, security agencies, community leaders and parents of the missing schoolgirls, the Minister said 101 of the girls were missing.
He said: “It was a meeting between stakeholders to get a first hand information and, out of the total register of 906 students in school that day, 110 students are unaccounted.”
Highlighting what transpired during the meeting, Mohammed noted that crucial decisions on how to rescue the abducted girls were reached.
According to him, one of such decisions was the deployment of police and Civil Defence Corps to all schools, vowing that the federal government will not relent until the missing schoolgirls are released.
He added: “No stone will be left unturned in our determination to rescue these girls.”
Noting that the federal, state governments and parents would collaborate with security agents to work towards successful rescue of the students, the Minister claimed the insurgents were being contained and now looking for soft targets.
“Government will remain focused and resolute in the fight against insurgency to rescue the students and every Nigerian in their custody.”