Dapchi town sits in the Northeast side of Nigeria. In late February, the town’s residents were ambushed with the sad news of the kidnapping of about 100 girls. Reports confirm that this kidnapping bears some similarities with the Boko Haram kidnapping that occurred in 2014.
According to eyewitnesses, a group of militants from Boko Haram may have kidnapped the young girls. They arrived in Yobe State on Monday, 19th February and walked to the Government Girls and Technical College. They were out of the institutions a few minutes later.
Investigations by the Authorities
Earlier on, witnesses claimed that some girls managed to escape after the kidnapping occurred, prompting the authorities to conduct investigations. A week into the investigation, it was confirmed that the said girls were kidnapped by Islam extremists.
Sounds like a series of confused statements, right? Here is what might have contributed to the confusion.
The first teacher to have spoken to the press said that the militants were hungry and needed food. According to the teacher, they did not attempt any kidnap. He added that the girls were playing in the bush.
What Really Happened?
Apparently, the teacher was wrong as the girls who allegedly ran to the bush never reappeared. There is also some discrepancy when it comes to the exact number of girls kidnapped. Parents have issued missing person’s reports. The report issued by parents is quite different compared to the actual report from teachers.
While parents insist that the missing number of girls is higher, teachers insist that they are about 100 girls. On the other side, authorities insist that the number is about 40 on the higher side. In addition, authorities insist that the girls will reappear eventually as they are only hiding in the bush. The entire confusion produced a united group of parents that produced 105 as the number of students missing. From this number, the government has conducted a rough background check and come up with 110 as the missing number of students.
This abduction has revived painful memories from the past kidnappings by Boko Haram. The camouflaged attackers confused teachers and students, sending most of them to the bush. Their parents are scared for them as, with earlier kidnap victims, they can be forced into marriage. The government, under the guidance of President Muhammadu Buhari, has taken action by mobilizing the military to rally the country in search of the missing students.