According to reports, residents say the only mission of the Boko Haram gunmen that invaded Dapchi, the Yobe community on Monday, was to abduct the female students of Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi. The grieving parents, relatives and residents of Dapchi, a dusty agrarian community, informed PREMIUM TIMES that the gunmen that invaded their community were strangers who had to force some of the residents to show them way around the town.
The Yobe state Government, had earlier shared a misleading statement claiming some of the abducted school girls at Government Girls College Dapchi had been rescued. Abdullahi Bego, Director-General, Press Affairs to Yobe state Governor, gave the apology over the statement, which turned out to be untrue. However, on Thursday, they apologised for the misinformation. Here things to note from the apology letter.
“We issued the 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.’’ “We have now established that the information we relied on to make the statement was not credible. The Yobe State Government apologises for that.”
Dapchi, a town 101km from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, is one of the oldest communities in Yobe State.