There were reports last night that the 94 girls reported missing in Dapchi, Yobe state, after a Boko Haram attack on their all-girls school have been rescued.
But while some reports this morning suggest the girls are still missing, others say the military last night accompanied the girls home.
The Government Girls Science Technical College in Dapchi, Bursari Local Government Area, of Yobe State was attacked on Monday by the insurgents.
While some of the students say their colleagues were actually abducted by the terrorists, some reports say the girls simply went missing in their attempt to escape.
Daily Trust had reported that the military had rescued the girls but SaharaReporters reports this morning that parents of the girls say “there is no evidence that Nigerian security forces rescued any of the missing girls as being speculated”.
Some reports have quoted residents of Geidam town as saying that soldiers returned the girls late Wednesday, throwing the town into jubilation.
The military is yet to make an official statement.
Yobe state government speaks
According to Premium Times, the state government on Wednesday evening said over 50 of the schoolgirls were yet to be accounted for; while the police said 30 were not accounted for.
However, in a statement late on Wednesday night, the government said some of the missing girls had been rescued by soldiers.
“The Yobe State Government hereby informs the public that some of the girls at Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) whose school was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists last Monday have been rescued by gallant officers and men of the Nigerian Army from the terrorists who abducted them.
“The rescued girls are now in the custody of the Nigerian Army,” Abdullahi Bego, a spokesperson to the governor said in the statement.
Mr. Bego said the state will provide more details about the number of girls rescued and their condition later.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said he had dispatched three ministers to Yobe to review the situation there.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and former Monister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, accised the government of trying to sponsor a lie.
He tweeted: “First you deny that 94 girls were abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Yobe.
“Ur were exposed and forced to admit that u were LYING.
“Now u say that the girls have been rescued by the military which is ANOTHER FAT LIE!
“Buhari STOP the lies and FIND the girls!”