Nigeria: Dapchi - Govt Sets Up Probe Into Boko Haram School Kidnapping

Signpost of Dapchi school.
28 February 2018

Abuja — The Federal Government, yesterday, released the names and other details of the missing 110 girls of Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, who were taken away by Boko Haram insurgents, following attack on the school penultimate Monday.

The government also set up a 12-member committee to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the students.

This came as Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, asked the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, suspend boarding school system in North-East.

This is even as House of Representatives at yesterday's plenary, summoned service chiefs to brief it on the abduction of the girls.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed thuis in a statement, yesterday, in Abuja, said the list was handed over to the Federal Government by Yobe State government.

The list indicated that of the 110 missing girls, eight are in JSS1, 17 in JSS2, 12 in JSS3, 40 in SS1, 19 in SS2 and 14 in SS3. The girls' ages range from 11 to 19 years.

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

Meanwhile, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, yesterday relocated to Yobe State to personally superintend the search for the girls.

As at 6 pm on Monday, the NAF had flown a total of 200 hours while conducting the search

FG sets up c'ittee to probe abduction

Also, yesterday, the Federal Government set up a 12-member committee to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of 110 students.

The committee was convened by National Security Adviser, NSA, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd).

The Information Minister, who disclosed this, said the committee, which will be chaired by a military officer of the rank of Major-General, comprises one senior Provost each from Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force; representatives of 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 Yobe State government and a representative of the Office of the National Security Adviser.

The terms of reference of the committee, according to the minister, 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 can lead to the location and rescue of the girls.

The panel, which is expected to submit its report on March 15, 2018, is also saddled with recommending measures to prevent future occurrence, while it will be inaugurated on February 28, 2018.

NBA asks FG to suspend Boarding School System in North-East

Meanwhile, Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, yesterday, asked the Federal Government to urgently suspend boarding school system in North-East.

The NBA also urged government to quickly review the security apparatus of all learning institutions in the region, especially boarding schools for girls.

The legal body made the call in an address its President, Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN, presented at a valedictory court session in honour of Justice Clara Ogunbiyi of the Supreme Court, who bowed out of active judicial service upon clocking the 70 years mandatory retirement age.

Mahmoud said: "My lord, the Chief Justice, it may not be out of place to seize this opportunity to comment on somewhat tangentially related national event.

"The abduction a few days ago, according to press reports, of about 105 girls at the Government Girls Secondary and Technical School Dapchi Yobe State, the same region where Hon Justice Ogunbiyi hails from.

SANs demand extension of retirement age for Judges

Meantime, the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria has decried what it termed as "constitutional conspiracy" against the judiciary, saying it was unfair for lawmakers to peg the retirement age of justices of the apex court at 70 years.

The body noted that whereas members of the executive and legislative arms of government could remain in active service till 90 years, it decried that the 1999 constitution made it mandatory for high court judges to retire at 65, while justices of the apex court must bow out when they clock 70 years.

Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, who made the position of the body known at the valedictory court session, said: "I see no reason why there should be this constitutional conspiracy and discrimination between judges and politicians.

"I want to sincerely appeal to our lawmakers and most of our politicians that are here today, when you want to amend the constitution, this is an area you should look into. We are wasting our judges.

Reps summon service chiefs

In a related development, the House of Representatives has summoned service chiefs to brief it on the abduction of the girls.

The House also set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the circumstances of the abduction.

The House reached the decision while considering a motion, entitled: "Need to rescue the 110 abducted students of Government, Girls Technical College, Dapchi in Busari Local Government, Yobe State," moved by Goni Lawan from the state.

Lawan, while moving the motion, expressed worry that there was no military presence during the attack.

Moderating the proceedings earlier, Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, described the abduction as a national shame, stressing the need for government to take all measures to prevent a recurrence.

Mama Boko Haram appeals to Albarnawi to release the girls

Meanwhile, with a strong conviction that the Abu Musab Al-Barnawi-led faction of Boko Haram might be responsible for the abduction of the girls, a respected North-East human rights activist, Aisha Alkali Wakil, popularly known as Mama Boko Haram, has appealed to the abductors of the students to release them.

Aisha Wakil, a former member of the Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in North of Nigeria under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, had, in previous efforts, brought military officers and Boko Haram commanders together during negotiations.

Speaking to PRNigeria in Maiduguri, Aisha, who is said to be highly respected by some leaders of Boko Haram, said she was ready to sacrifice her life to rescue the girls from abductors.

GOVERNMENT GIRLS' SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE (GGSTC) DAPCHI

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

S/NO 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 JSS 2

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 year SS3F

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