Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State has faulted the claim by the Nigerian Army that it rescued some of the girls of the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, Yobe state who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorist on Monday.
The Governor who visited Dapchi town on Thursday, however, said, contrary to the claim, that no girl has been rescued yet.
At least 94 girls of the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) Dapchi, were still missing as at Tuesday, barely a day after their school was attacked by suspected Boko Haram members.
A statement issued on Wednesday evening by the state government stated that many of the missing girls had been freed by soldiers – a statement that turned out to be false.
In an attempt to put things right, the state government released the statement below on Thursday evening to apologise for the misinformation.
Yobe Govt Apologises for False News on Missing Dapchi School Girls
APOLOGY AND CLARIFICATION
The public may recall that we issued a statement last night in which we announced that some of the girls at Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) Dapchi who went missing after Boko Haram terrorists had stormed their school last Monday were rescued by officers and men of the Nigerian Army who are currently executing the war against the Boko Haram Insurgents.
We issued the statement on the basis of information provided by one of the security agencies that is involved in the fight against Boko Haram and which we had no reason to doubt. We have now established that the information we relied on to make the statement was not credible.
The Yobe State Government apologises for that. His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam was in Dapchi today where he met with community leaders and the Principal and staff of the Girls’ College.
The governor also addressed the parents of some of the schoolgirls that are still unaccounted for where he told them to pray and exercise patience as the government and security agencies at all levels continue the work to address the unfortunate situation.
His Excellency Governor Gaidam has also directed Education Ministry officials and the school administration to work closely with the security agencies to establish the actual number of the girls that are still unaccounted for and to contact parents and the community for possible information that could be useful in the investigation.
His Excellency Governor Gaidam shares deeply and personally in the grief about the unfortunate event at the Girls’ College and, under his leadership, the Yobe State Government will continue to do everything necessary in partnership with security agencies and the federal government to address the situation.
Director-General Press Affairs to His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam