The Borno State Police Command, Lawan Tanko, on Friday appealed to parents whose children were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, by insurgent members to forward the names and photographs of their daughters for documentation.
Speaking in Maiduguri, Tanko, explained that the call was to enable security operatives access the records of the girls due to the burning down of the school by the assailants.
“We want to appeal to parents of the abducted girls to please come forward with the names and photographs of their wards, so we can come up with a tentative figure of those missing” Tanko said. “The April 14 attack on the school by suspected insurgents has damaged the entire structure, including the administrative building where records were kept. This makes it difficult to get records on the number of girls actually abducted at the school”.
The commisioner of police said that available information had showed that 530 candidates registered at the school for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE).
‘Candidates from five areas – Ashigashiya, Izge, Chibok, Waraba A, and Lassa, registered in the school for the SSCE” he said.
Tanko, however, pointed out that it was still not clear on the number of girls that were abducted when the insurgents attacked the school on April 14.
“At present, there are flying figures on the actual number of the girls abducted’ Tanko said. “About 276 students were allegedly abducted by the insurgents going by claims of the people. Out of the number, 53 have regained their freedom, and going by the figure about 223 girls are believed to be in the abductors’ den. But we need the parents and guardians to come forward with genuine claims like names and photographs so we can get the actual figure”.
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