Yobe Attack: Buhari Directs 3 Ministers to Visit State, PDP Expresses Shock

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Ministers of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Information, Lai Mohammed; and Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to go to Dapchi village in Yobe to assess the reported abduction of schoolgirls on Tuesday.
This is as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has expressed shock over reports that scores of female students have been abducted after insurgents attacked Government Girls Science and Technical College,
Meanwhile, the Yobe State Police Command said it is still trying to ascertain the whereabouts of 30 schoolgirls, and not 93 as being speculated in the media.
Information Minister, Mohammed said Buhari gave the order on Wednesday after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The meeting, which was held at the State House Council Chamber was presided by the President.
He said the President had also directed military and other security agencies to take immediate charge and control of the College where the incident occurred.
“Mr President has directed military and other security agencies to take immediate charge and control of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, and inform him of developments.
“He has released a delegation led by the Minister of Defence to Dapchi, to get first hand information as to what is happening.
“Others in the delegation are Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Information,” he said
According to the Minister, the President is monitoring the situation through direct contact with the military and police. He said Nigerians will be constantly briefed on developments.
The PDP in a statement on Wednessday signed by its Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, urged security agencies to ensure the safe return of the girls.
The PDP expressed hope that the girls will soon be found.
“Indeed, we are very disturbed by this ugly development especially given the conflicting reports on the whereabouts of these innocent girls.
“Our party restates that the life, safety and wellbeing of all Nigerians remain of paramount importance to us and we therefore insist that all efforts must be exerted to find these students.
“The PDP is monitoring development on the position of the Nigeria Police investigation of the matter. We however charge the Inspector General of Police to immediately put all machinery in place to unravel this disturbing situation and recover the missing children.”
However, the police in Yobe confirmed the attack on the school by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.
State Commissioner of Police said that 30 of the over 900 female students were still unaccounted for.
“The total number of students at the school 906. As at yesterday, we had counted 809. After that, we started locating them in one or two, But the school authorities have not been able to account for 30 students,” Yobe police commissioner, Abdulmaliki said.
But the Police Chief warned that the public should not take this to mean that they were kidnapped.
“It is not impossible that some of them even left for home without telling the school authorities.
“As I am talking to you, I have no evidence to say that they were abducted or they were not abducted,” he added.
Abdulmaliki said the military had taken over the search efforts. He appealed to the media to play down on speculation to enable officials better concentrate on the emergency situation.
“I am appealing to the press to please allow the military to continue their work because we’re in an emergency situation and the military is taking the lead
“Now we just heard that they sighted them somewhere and the military is heading to the scene,” he said.
The attack comes almost four years after Boko Haram gained worldwide infamy for abducting about 276 girls at Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

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