DAPCHI GIRLS ABDUCTION: FG names missing Dapchi girls, probe panel

By Adelola Amihere
The Federal Government has released the names and other details of the unaccounted 110 girls who were kidnapped when insurgents attacked Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, Yobe State, on Monday, February 19, 2018.
The list of the missing girls, which was handed over to the minister by the Yobe State government, contained the name, age and class of each of the students.
It also contained the contact address and phone number of each missing girl.
Of the 110 missing girls, eight are in Junior Secondary School (JSS1), 17 in JSS2, 12 in JSS3, 40 in Senior Secondary (SS1), 19 in SS2 and 14 in SS3. The youngest of the girls is 11 years while the oldest is 19 years
The details were contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Mohammed has twice led a Federal Governmenta��s delegation to Yobe since the tragic incident occurred.
The list was verified by a 26-member Screening Committee comprising the 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, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has relocated to Yobe State to oversee the search for the girl by Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
NAF has deployed more platforms in the North East zone in the search for the students, as the security agencies ramp up their efforts to locate them.
Also yesterday, the Federal Government set up a 12-member committee to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the students.
The committee was convened by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), according to a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by Mohammed.
The committee, which will be chaired by a military officer of the rank of Major General, comprises a Senior Provost each from the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy and NAF; 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 National Security Adviser (NSA).
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 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.
The committee will be inaugurated today.

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