Some of the girls who survived the Boko Haram attack on Girls Government Technical College, Dapchi have revealed in an interview with TheCable, what happened on the day their classmates were abducted.
Some had been eating dinner and some were in the mosque for the evening prayers when they started hearing gunshots.
The students and their teachers ran to the school gate to know what was happening and the saw men dressed in military uniforms, standing by three trucks and urging the girls to move in as they were there to protect them because Boko Haram was raiding their community.
“We heard gunshots. We were in the mosque. At first, we thought it was an explosion from the transformer. But the shooting continued, so all of us left the mosque and moved towards the school gate. When we got to the gate, we saw some people in soldiers’ uniform, but they don’t look like soldiers, and then we ran back. Our principal was crying, she told us we are not safe that we should run towards the fence and run away.” one of the girls said.
While many girls ran into the truck, some were so careful to observe that the men were not properly dressed in a military way and that the inscription on their truck was suspicious.
“They were wearing soldier’s uniform and they said ‘Come, come, we are here to rescue you’. I even stepped my leg into the car, but my elder sister called and said don’t you see that there is Allahu Akbar is written on their car, that was how I ran out. They deceived us. They came with three vans in army colours and they had army uniform, but they didn’t have army boots, that is how some of us identified them – through the slippers and their military trouser which did not reach the ground — three-quarter length.” one of the girls said.
Many of the girls who escaped ran into the bush and slept there on the night of the incidence. A student was bitten by a snake and a teacher lost her pregnancy in the process of fleeing.
Some of the girls, who were lucky to escape the attack, are now appealing to the Federal Government to rescue their classmates.