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Jubilation as soldiers rescue schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram fighters
There was celebration in Geidam , Yobe State, on Wednesday night as soldiers of operation Lafiya Dole rescued some of the school girls who had been kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, on Monday night.
Residents of the community were woken up by sounds of soldiers’ vehicles and blaring of horns as the jubilant soldiers celebrate the victory at their base.
“We suddenly heard loud noise and people yelling on top of their voices and honking the horns of their vehicle at about 8.00 p.m”, Halima Umar, a resident of Gaidam told Premium Times.
“When we went out to check what was happening, we saw soldiers jubilating as they moved into the town in several vehicles, some of which were carrying the Dapchi schoolgirls. Though we were not allowed to go near the military base but from afar, the number of females were plenty,” she added.
Abdullahi Bego, a media aide to Ibrahim Gaidam, Governor of Yobe State, confirmed the development through a statement he issued late on Wednesday. He however said the number of the rescued girls is yet to be ascertained.
“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,” the statement read.
Immediately after the attack, president Muhammadu Buhari dispatched three of his cabinet members to Yobe State to ascertain the actual state of things, while giving marching orders to the military to ensure that order returns to the affected communities.