As the abduction of over 111 schoolgirls of the Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi in Bursari Local Government Area of Yobe State continues to stun the nation, eyewitnesses have said they saw the girls crying for help as four Tata trucks conveying them out of Dapchi sped off.
A resident said the armed abductors they took him and some other residents so that they could show them a shorter route out of the area, after which they were released.
Inuwa Mohammed, whose 16- year- old daughter, Falmata, was among the girls missing, said his wife fainted on hearing the news and was in hospital, Vanguard writes.
“I woke up with the strong hope of meeting my daughter and my wife had been making preparations for a warm welcome, only for us to receive this shattering news that all along the story has been a rumour,” he said.
Residents said the insurgents, dressed in military fatigues and turbans arrived unchallenged, firing weapons and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar ‘(God is greatest).
A security guard with the school, who gave his name as Baa, said the invaders tried to stop the girls from fleeing and tricked them into believing they had come to rescue them.
“Some of the girls believed them and climbed into the trucks but many others just kept running,” he said.
Dapchi is 100 kilometers north of Damaturu, the state capital, and was one of major towns that had not recorded an attack from Boko Haram since the insurgents started terrorising the North-East in 2009.