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26 February 2018, 09:26 | Floyd Cook
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It stated that the Dapchi mass abduction is not the first of its kind in the North East and Yobe State in particular
The minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that the Federal Government in collaboration with Yobe State Government will set up a Situation room to coordinate all information and progress report on efforts geared towards the rescue of Dapchi School Girls.
Information Minister Lai Mohammed made the announcement about the girls still being missing Sunday after meetings were held with family members and others.
The NAF in a statement by Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, Director of Public Relations and Information, said it had deployed some ISR platforms and helicopters to search for and possibly locate the missing girls as well as the rogue Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs).
Residents say that Nigeria's security forces, backed by military jets, later repelled the attack. The effort was complicated by some girls who had fled straight for their parents' farms outside of town in areas that have at best a poor cellphone network.
Nigeria has deployed extra troops and planes to search for 110 schoolgirls believed to have been abducted by Boko Haram militants last week.
Frustrated and angry parents of the missing girls have since announced plans to join the Bring Back Our Girls movement that was launched in 2014 when 270 girls were adbucted in the town of Chibok.
Boko Haram, whose name translates as "Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language widely spoken in northern Nigeria, has killed more than 20,000 people and forced 2 million to flee their homes in a violent insurgency that began in 2009. "They kept calling on students to come to them, that they were going to rescue them", Hassanah said. "We are sorry that this could have happened and share your pain".
Spokesman for Yobe State Governor, Abdullahi Bego, issued a statement saying 50 girls were unaccounted for even though the Yobe government, according to him, had "no credible information yet as to whether any of the schoolgirls was taken hostage by the terrorists".
The statement came after authorities were unable to account for 110 of the school's 906 students, the ministry said.
She said she was washing when she heard gun fire and saw what appeared to be soldiers in vehicles.
It was the second time a federal government delegation is visiting the state following the abduction of 105 girls from Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi.
"We should remain in prayers with a strong hope that these girls are rescued as quickly as possible". Among them: Mr. Sule's 13-year-old daughter, Zara.
"When I met the Theatre commander on why the military were withdrawn, he said they have shortage of manpower".
It would seem that other than modest lessons in survival shown by the Dapchi girls to have been learnt from the Chibok saga, very little has been learnt by anybody else.
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