48 out of the missing 94 schoolgirls of Government Girls Secondary School Dapchi in Yobe state have been found while a search party have been organised to look for the remaining 46, Punch reports.
Daily Trust had reported that 94 girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists last week Monday when some students were breaking their weekly Monday fast in the evening.
According to a source in the school, they are unsure if some of the girls were abducted because the insurgents entered the hostel, making many students to scale the fence and escape into the bushes.
But after the roll call, 610 out of 704 students have returned. The parents of the students that escaped into the bush reported that their children had returned home safely.
A teacher who escaped the attack, said the insurgents stormed the school around 7:00pm through the eastern part of the town.
A parent said he has two daughters in the school but could only find one of them. “We have no idea where she’s now, her sister said they were at the hall when the insurgents struck, and it was the last time she saw her. We are calling on the state and the federal government to act fast before it gets worst.”
A mother who could not trace her daughter said she had forced her daughter to go back to school even when she always complained that there was no security in the school.
An SSS3 student Maimuna Lawan, who escaped the attack, said the terrorits stormed the gate around 6:30pm, “They were shouting that we should not run. We got terrified by the gunshots and scale the fence, we are not sure if they abducted some student but we suspected they did because, they were calling some students when I ran away.”
An anonymous source in the school said some of the students trekked between 15 and 20 kilometres in the bush to save their lives.
“We have also received calls from Fulani settlements that they are bringing more students they found in the bush. So far, no dead body has been recovered, but we heard that one pupil was bitten by a snake. She was said to have been treated locally. But she would be taken to a hospital in Damaturu for proper attention.”
Although the Yobe State government said many of the girls are still unaccounted for, security operatives have been drafted to search for the remaining missing students. Meanwhile, the rescued girls have been are reportedly with the Nigerian Army.