The Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Gaidam, has confirmed the abduction of some female students of Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, by Boko Haram insurgents.
Governor Gaidam who confirmed the abduction on Wednesday night, February 21, said the army was able to secure the release some of the girls.
The Yobe State Governor said those who regained freedom are currently in custody of the army.
Governor Gaidam confirmed the development in a statement issued by Abdullahi Bego, Director-General Press Affairs to the Governor.
The statement reads: “The Yobe State Government hereby informs the public that some of the girls at Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) whose school was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists last Monday have been rescued by gallant officers and men of the Nigerian Army from the terrorists who abducted them.
“The rescued girls are now in the custody of the Nigerian Army.
“We will provide more details about their number and condition in due course.
“His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, who is very grateful for the gallantry and hard work of the officers and men of the Nigerian Army involved in the operation, is monitoring the situation closely and will make a statement in due course”, the statement added.
The latest development is coming after the Yobe police commissioner; Abdumaliki Sunmonu had said the police could not establish if there was a case of abduction.
Addressing journalists in Damaturu, the state capital, Sunmonu said: “815 out of the 926 students were physically seen in the school as of Tuesday.
“There are reports that more girls have returned to the school after the headcount”, Sunmonu had said.
The commissioner added that there were no reports of abductions or deaths inside the school.
“I asked the school’s principal if there were abductions or deaths in the school and she said no.
“I am not unaware of the rumours going on, I want to appeal to the press and the society to please cooperate with the security agencies in this situation”, Sunmonu had said.