Nigeria apologises for claim that abducted girls had been rescued

Nigeria apologises for claim that abducted girls had been rescued”

Soon after, he was reported saying 94 students went missing, out of which 48 had returned.

Afolabi Sotunde / Reuters A relative of one of the missing school girls reacts in Dapchi in the northeastern state of Yobe, after an attack on the village by Boko Haram, Nigeria February 23, 2018.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has promised the families of the missing girls that they'll be found and their attackers brought to justice. "This is a national disaster".

"We must get back the girls and also ensure that this does not happen again, " he said.

Many fear the girls were abducted as brides for Boko Haram extremists.

Residents say that Nigeria's security forces, backed by military jets, later repelled the attack.

The camouflage-clad militants loaded up dozens of students from the Dapchi Government Girls Science and Technical College and drove them into the surrounding scrubland, according to eyewitnesses, schoolteachers and local officials.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the figure after a meeting between a Federal Government delegation and representatives of key stakeholders in Damaturu on Sunday.

But they later admitted that 110 girls were missing after the attack. They withdrew the military personnel from the town last week which was not even known to us. He told the fighters he didn't know where it was and begged to be released. When our daughters were abducted in Chibok, only God understood how I felt and I can imagine how you also feel, and the trauma you are going through.

Fighters arrived at the school about 5:30 pm, guns blazing.

He said: "Truly, it should never have happened". "But the sound kept coming and getting serious".

"We did not listen to them and continued running".

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Some girls began climbing over a fence that lined the perimeter.

The fighters were dressed in army fatigues, but with flip-flops and turbans, another student said.

"As they passed by me, I saw the girls".

Many of those girls remain in captivity, though some have escaped or been ransomed.

Falmata B., 15, was also kidnapped by Boklo Haram and refused to carry out a suicide bombing for the radical Islamist organisation. Allah said he will forgive whoever repents and asks him for forgiveness.

Federal officials did not immediately release a statement. And I was made to understand this morning that the defence ministry was disputing; that they did not withdraw anyone. Nigerian jets erroneously struck a displaced persons camp in the town of Rann previous year, killing dozens of people.

"The Yobe state government has no credible information yet as to whether any of the schoolgirls was taken hostage by the terrorists", said Abdullahi Bego, an aide to Yobe state governor Ibrahim Gaidam. A few fainted. The crowd became furious.

The governor said both attacks occured when least expected. Some people threw rocks at his convoy, shattering the windows of vehicles.

Kachalla Bukar's daughter, Aisha, who is 14, is among the missing.

He said if the soldiers had been on ground, the attack on the town and subsequent abduction of schoolgirls would not have been possible. "We issued the (earlier) 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".

He said the government was sending more troops and surveillance aircraft to the area to help the search.

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