Nigeria: Govt Sets Up Panel to Probe Kidnap of Dapchi Schoolgirls, Releases List of Students

Signpost of Dapchi school.
28 February 2018

The federal government Tuesday set up a 12-member committee to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the 110 schoolgirls from the Government Girls' Science and Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi, Yobe State, by Boko Haram terrorists.

It also released the names and other details of the girls. The list showed that the youngest student taken forcibly from the school is 11 years old, while the oldest is 19.

The list was contained in a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

The minister has twice led a federal government delegation to Yobe since the tragic incident occurred.

The list, which was handed over to the minister by the Yobe State Government, contained the names, ages and classes of each of the 110 students.

According to the statement, of the 110 missing girls, eight were in JSS1 (Junior Secondary School 1), 17 in JSS2, 12 in JSS3, 40 in SS1 (Senior Secondary School 1), 19 in SS2 and 14 in SS3.

The list, which also contained the contact addresses and phone numbers of each missing girl, was verified by a 26-member Screening Committee that included the Executive Secretary, Yobe State Teaching Service Board, Mr. Musa Abdulsalam; Director, Schools' Management, Ministry of Education, Mr. Shuaibu Bulama; the Principal of GGSTC, Adama Abdulkarim; the two Vice-Principals, Ali Musa Mabu and Abdullahi Sule Lampo; Admission Officer, Mr. Bashir Ali Yerima; and the Form Masters for all the classes.

Also on Tuesday, the federal government set up a 12-member panel to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the girls.

Mohammed said the committee was convened by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd).

He said: "The committee, which will be chaired by a military officer of the rank of Major-General, comprises one senior provost each from the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force; representatives of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), two representatives of the Yobe State Government, and a representative of the Office of the NSA."

According to the minister, the terms of reference of the committee include ascertaining the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the girls, confirming the presence, composition, scale and disposition of security emplaced in Dapchi as well as in GGSTC before the incident and suggesting measures that could lead to the location and rescue of the girls.

The panel, which is expected to submit its report by March 15, 2018, is also saddled with recommending measures to prevent future occurrence.

The committee will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Mohammed added.

He also disclosed that the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Tuesday relocated to Yobe State to personally superintend the search for the girls.

The minister said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) had earlier deployed more platforms to the North-east for the search, even as the security agencies ramped up efforts to locate and rescue the girls.

"As at 6 p.m. on Monday, the NAF had flown a total of 200 hours while conducting the search," the minister said.

ISIS Affiliates Branded Terrorist Groups

But even as the Nigerian government ramped up efforts to secure the release of the girls from their captors, the U.S. State Department Tuesday designated Boko Haram and five other affiliate groups of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as terrorist organisations, a fact sheet obtained exclusively by THISDAY from the U.S. government has shown.

The U.S. government in November 2013 had designated Boko Haram and the Ansaru militant group as terrorist organisations, making Tuesday's designation the second time the State Department has branded the Boko Haram sect terrorists.

Highlighting ISIS' growth outside Iraq and Syria, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday that the move was aimed at the sustained targeting of the group and denying it access to its financial system.

The State Department added that it was part of a comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS and its affiliates in Bangladesh, Egypt, the Philippines, Somalia, Tunisia and Nigeria where the terrorists would be affected.

In addition, the department designated leaders and operatives of the ISIS-affiliates as terrorists.

They include Abu Musab al-Barnawi who leads ISIS-West Africa, which changed from Boko Haram.

In March 2015, ISIS reportedly welcomed Boko Haram's decision to join Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's global network, shortly after Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau swore his allegiance to Baghdadi, said the State Department.

Also then, ISIS spokesman, Abu Muhammad al Adnani, welcomed Shekau and his men into the fold, and Boko Haram shortly rebranded as the Islamic State's West Africa (ISWA).

A leadership disagreement, however, broke out in ISWA after ISIS publicly named Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new head of ISWA in 2016.

Al-Barnawi is reported to be the son of Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf, and also Boko Haram's former spokesman.

Apart from Al-Barnawi, the State Department also designated Mahad Moalim - ISIS-Somalia, and Mahad Moalim - ISIS-Somalia as terrorists.

The fact sheet said: "The Department of State has designated 40 ISIS leaders and operatives under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, and will continue to target the group to deny it access to the U.S. financial system.

"These designations are part of a larger comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS that, in coordination with the 75-member global coalition to defeat ISIS, has made significant progress toward that goal.

"This whole-of-government effort is destroying ISIS in its safe havens, denying its ability to recruit foreign terrorist fighters, stifling its financial resources, negating the false propaganda it disseminates over the internet and social media, and helping to stabilise liberated areas in Iraq and Syria so the displaced can return to their homes and begin to rebuild their lives."

The State Department said in the fact sheet that it was authorised to designate Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTOs) under the Immigration and Nationality Act, as well as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Executive Order 13224.

"While only organisations can be designated as FTOs, a wider range of persons can be designated by the Department of State as SDGTs - including terrorist groups, leaders, and members of terrorist groups, as well as other individuals and entities that have committed or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism.

"Terrorism designations expose and isolate organisations and individuals, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement activities of U.S. agencies and other governments," it added.

The U.S. government also imposed new sanctions on Boko Haram and its factional leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi.

A related report by Reuters said the new sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department targets the Islamic State and its affiliate networks around the world.

The U.S. Treasury Department added Boko Haram to the sanction list for global terrorism.

Mr. al-Barnawi and Mahad Moalim from Somalia and seven organisations in Africa and Asia, linked to Islamic state (ISIS), were added to the list.

The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control said the additions include ISIS-Philippines, ISIS-Bangladesh, ISIS-West Africa, ISIS-Egypt, ISIS-Somalia, Jund al-Khilafah-Tunisia, also known as ISIS-Tunisia, and the Philippines-based Maute Group, also known as Islamic State of Lanao.

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NAME OF STUDENTS

AGE

CLASS

1

Aisha Abdullahi

12 years

JSS1

2

Fati Muhammed

11 years

JSS1

3

Fatima Modu Aisami

12 years

JSS1

4

Fatima Abdullahi Ali

12 years

JSS1

5

Salamatu Garba

13 years

JSS1

6

Adama Garba

12 years

JSS1

7

Hadiza Ali

11 years

JSS1

8

Aisha Adamu Alkali

11 years

JSS1

9

Hadiza Muhammed Musa

14 years

JSS2

10

Fatima Usman

14 years

JSS2

11

Rabi Yahaya Tela

13 years

JSS2

12

Zainab Usman

14 years

JSS2

13

Fanna Muhammad

13 years

JSS2

14

Zainab Mohammed Bama

13 years

JSS2

15

Fatima Yahaya

13 years

JSS2

16

Amina Yahaya

13 years

JSS2

17

Maryam Aliyu Mabu

14 years

JSS2

18

Fatima Ishaku Aliyu

13 years

JSS2

19

Habiba Nuhu Dan-Inuwa

14 years

JSS2

20

Zainab Bukar Abba

14 years

JSS2

21

Fatsuma Ali

14 years

JSS2

22

Salamatu Isiyaku

14 years

JSS2

23

Hauwa Bulama

14 years

JSS2

24

Rabi A. Nasir

14 years

JSS2

25

Khadija Sule

13 years

JSS2

26

Aisha Muhammad Aminami

14 years

JSS3

27

Aisha A. Maina

14 years

JSS3

28

Fatima Bashir

14 years

JSS3

29

Fatima Muhammad

14 years

JSS3

30

Fatima Aji Hassan

15 years

JSS3

31

Hadiza Sale

14 years

JSS3

32

Khadija Suleiman

15 years

JSS3

33

Walida Adamu

15 years

JSS3

34

Maimuna A. Hassan

14 years

JSS3

35

Maryam Ibrahim

14 years

JSS3

36

Zainab Abubakar Yakubu

13 years

JSS3

37

Amina Haruna

15 years

JSS3

38

Falmata Wakil

15 years

SS1A

39

Maimuna Musa

16 years

SS1A

40

Sahura Jibrin Muhammad

15 years

SS1A

41

Fatima Bukar

16 years

SS1A

42

Hajara Yahaya Tela

15 years

SS1A

43

Hajara Ali

16 years

SS1A

44

Maryam Adamu Muhammad

14 years

SS1A

45

Fatsuma Muhammad

15 years

SS1A

46

Hauwa Salisu

14 years

SS1A

47

Amina Adamu

16 years

SS1B

48

Zara Musa

16 years

SS1B

49

Aisha Abba Aji

16 years

SS1B

50

Fatima Alhaji Ari

15 years

SS1B

51

Aisha Alhaji Deri Dokta

16 years

SS1B

52

Maryam Usman Sale

15 years

SS1B

53

Hassana Gambo

15 years

SS1B

54

Hauwa Usman

16 years

SS1B

55

Hajara Muhammad Gidado

16 years

SS1B

56

Zara Muhammed Lawan

15 years

SS1C

57

Khadija Grema Dabuwa

15 years

SS1C

58

Aisha M. Wakil

15 years

SS1C

59

Amina Abubakar

16 years

SS1D

60

Fatima Modu Abubakar

15 years

SS1D

61

Fatima Ibrahim

16 years

SS1D

62

Zara Grema Dabuwa

15 years

SS1D

63

Maryam Adam Kontoma

15 years

SS1D

64

Falmata Wakil

16 years

SS1D

65

Maimuna Umar Alhassan

15 years

SS1E

66

Hajara Adamu Abubakar

15 years

SS1E

67

Aisha Modu Bamba

16 years

SS1F

68

Bintu Yerima

16 years

SS1F

69

Zara Grema

16 years

SS1F

70

Fatima Adamu

16 years

SS1F

71

Fatsuma Abubakar Jambo

16 years

SS1F

72

Maryam Mustapha

15 years

SS1F

73

Fatsuma Abdullahi

15 years

SS1F

74

Aisha Usman

15 years

SS1F

75

Fatsuma Ibrahim Isa

16 years

SS1F

76

Fatima Hassan Mustapha

16 years

SS1F

77

Leah Sharibu

16 years

SS1F

78

Maryam Bashir

17 years

SS2A

79

Maryam Muhammed

17 years

SS2A

80

Maryam Ibrahim Adam

16 years

SS2A

81

Hauwa Manuga Lawan

16 years

SS2A

82

Hauwa Saidu Abubakar

17 years

SS2B

83

Falmata Alhaji Inuwa

16 years

SS2C

84

Zara Muhammed

17 years

SS2C

85

Fatima Muhammed

16 years

SS2C

86

Maryam Usman

16 years

SS2C

87

Aisha B. Danjuma

18 years

SS2C

88

Aisha Mamuda

16 years

SS2D

89

Zara Tijjani

16 years

SS2D

90

Aisha A. Adamu

16 years

SS2E

91

Fatsuma Sani

17 years

SS2E

92

Fatima Usman

17 years

SS2E

93

Amina Abdullahi

18 years

SS2F

94

Aisha Kachalla

16 years

SS2F

95

Maryam Kalwuri

17 years

SS2F

96

Bintu Usman

17 years

SS2F

97

Fatima A. Grah

18 years

SS3C

98

Habiba Musa

18 years

SS3C

99

Hajara Karumi

18 years

SS3C

100

Karima Inusa

18 years

SS3C

101

Falmata A. Audu

18 years

SS3C

102

Hafsat A. Grah

18 years

SS3D

103

Fatima Makinta Liman

19 years

SS3D

104

Aisha Muhammad Jakusko

18 years

SS3D

105

Hadiza Muhammed

18 years

SS3D

106

Hauwa Mohammed Idris

18 years

SS3E

107

Aisha M. Bukar

18 years

SS3E

108

Hadiza Abubakar

18 years

SS3F

109

Fanna Muhammed Modu

17 years

SS3F

110

Maryam Muhammed

18 years

SS3F

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SUMMARY OF COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF MISSING STUDENTS

s/no

YEAR GROUP

TOTAL NUMBER OF MISSING STUDENTS

1.

JSS 1

08

2.

JSS2

17

3.

JSS3

12

4.

SS1

40

5.

SS2

19

6.

SS3

14

Total

110

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