Wednesday, April 16, 2014

No fewer than 100 female students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, were on Monday night abducted by members of the outlawed militant Islamic sect, Boko Haram. The incident took place less than 15 hours after four suicide bombers detonated Improvised Explosive Devices, killing 89 people in a busy motor park in Nyanya, a satellite community bordering the Federal Capital Territory and Nasarawa State. Just before the news of the abduction spread on Tuesday, there was pandemonium at the National Assembly as a bomb scare forced lawmakers and workers to hurriedly close their offices. Parents told the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation that the girls, who are Senior Secondary Schools Examination candidates, were woken up at about 10pm in their hostel by the insurgents and ordered into four waiting lorries. A pupil, who did not wish to be named, was quoted as saying that she managed to escape after seeing some of her classmates jump out of the back of one of the lorries. Our correspondent in Borno reported that the insurgents also killed an undisclosed number of people in the village, carted away food items and burnt some houses as well as vehicles. I